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Masculinity & Psychological Flexibility Study
Information Sheet for Participants
I am a researcher at the University of Surrey, Guildford. This information sheet is intended to make you aware of research I am conducting and provide you with essential information to help you in determining whether you wish to participate. Before you decide, you need to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve for you. Please take the time to read the following information carefully. Talk to others about the study if you wish.
What is the purpose of the study?
‘Psychological flexibility’ is a term given to an ability to keep yourself and your thoughts in the ‘here-and-now’ while at the same time choosing behaviours that take your life in the direction you want to travel. ‘Gender role conflict’ is the term given to negative consequences that result from conforming to the stereotypical masculine gender role. This study is interested in whether psychological flexibility affects the link between gender role conflict and psychological distress. This information is being collected to gain a better understanding of how these factors contribute to mental health difficulties in men.
Why have I been invited to take part in the study?
The study is interested in the experiences of adult men in the general community and you have been invited because of the important contribution you can make to this research.
Do I have to take part?
No, you do not have to participate. Your participation is completely voluntary. There will be no adverse consequences of not taking part. You can also withdraw at any time without giving a reason. If you withdrawal from the study before completing the questionnaire, any information provided by you to that point will be deleted and not included in the data analysis
What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be invited to complete an on-line questionnaire asking a number of questions of relevance to this research. The questions are presented as a series of statements asking your degree of agreement with each one. These statements will cover various topics including psychological well-being, psychological flexibility and gender roles. The questionnaire is expected to take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
What are the possible disadvantages or risks of taking part?
Unpleasant emotional reactions to the questionnaire are not likely, however, it is possible that some of the statements you respond to could cause some distress. If you would like urgent support, you can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or
. For general information and support about mental health issues, you can also visit MIND,
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
An opportunity to be involved in research that helps improve our understanding of men’s mental health, plus an opportunity to think about your own psychological health and responses to masculine gender role expectations.
What happens when the research study stops?
Questionnaire responses you provide will be securely stored on University of Surrey computer servers. Once all of the information provided by participants has been entered into a database, everybody’s responses will be statistically analysed. The information you provide may be used in written materials/publications (e.g., academic journals) and presentations at conferences or other events. However, no individual identifying information will be used at any time. The information you provide will be kept securely for up to 10 years and only people with direct interest in this research will be granted access to the information.
What if there is a problem?
Any complaint or concern about any aspect of the way you have been dealt with during the course of the study will be addressed; please contact Dr Jason Spendelow, Principal Investigator on 01483 689259 or firstname.lastname@example.org You can also direct any comments or complaints to Mary John, PsychD Programme Director on email@example.com
Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?
Yes. All of the information you give will be anonymised so that those reading reports from the research will not know who has contributed to it. Data will be stored securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Contact details of researcher
Dr Jason Spendelow
Senior Teaching Fellow, PsychD programme
School of Psychology
Elizabeth Fry Building
University of Surrey
Ph: 01483 68 6886
Who is organising and funding the research?
This research is being organised by the study investigator listed above. There is no funding provided for this research.
Who has reviewed the project?
The study has been reviewed and received a favourable ethical opinion from the University of Surrey Ethics Committee.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet.
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