An investigation of attitudes towards mental health conditions

Participant Information


You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide to take part, it is important to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this study is to explore attitudes towards mental health conditions.

Do I have to take part?

No, it is your decision whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part, you will be asked to provide consent online. If you decide to take part, you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. If participants decide not to take part, their data will be destroyed and not included in the analysis. You must be aged 18 years and over to participate.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

Yes, no personally identifying information will be gathered during the survey and as such your taking part in this study will be entirely confidential. Because we won't be able to identify your answers, there is no chance of retracting your data once you click the submit button. If you wish to withdraw from the study, you must discontinue before completing the study.

What will participation involve?

You will first be asked about your age, gender identity and nationality. Additionally, there will be one question addressing your perceived effectiveness of home country mental health policies. You will then be asked to read two narrative descriptions about people who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder (bulimia nervosa) and depression. After each description, you will be asked to rate how you feel about them in a series of questions. You will then be asked to fill out a disgust sensitivity scale (the concepts relate to pathogen, moral and sexual disgust). Following, you will be asked to fill in two scales related to two concepts of the Big-Five personality inventory (openness and neuroticism). Lastly, you will be asked to fill out a short perceived vulnerability to disease scale. We anticipate that participation will last no longer than 15-20 minutes.

We hope that you will find taking part in our research to be a worthwhile activity. We consider your views and experiences as extremely valuable to us.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part in the study?

There are no anticipated disadvantages in taking part. However, if you feel that you may be unduly affected by either the items related to eating disorders (bulimia nervosa) or depression, or the items related to pathogen, moral or sexual disgust, please discontinue your participation.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

Your data is entirely anonymous and unidentifiable and will be gathered using GDPR compliant software and stored on a secure server. Data, without any personal identifying information, may be made publicly available in an online database for re-analysis by other researchers. Anonymous results of this study will be presented in student research reports and may also be presented at conferences or published in journals, books, and the popular media. If you would like a summary of the results, this can be made available to you upon request from the researchers.

All data and results will be anonymous, kept confidential, and securely stored at all times. All data collected will be kept on a password protected computer with an encrypted hard drive for the duration of the project. This research is being conducted as part of a postgraduate research project. This research is conducted in accordance with the British Psychological Society's Code of Ethics and Conduct

Who can I contact if I want more information?

If you would like more information on the study, please contact the student researchers:

Shari Wetzel (

Calum Frost (

Saloni Yadav (

Or their project supervisor:

Dr Eugene Dawydiak (

Please click the button below to begin the study

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