Skin conditions

Please read the information sheet before proceeding with taking part in the study

 
Dear Volunteer,

I am conducting a doctoral level research project as part of my course “Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology” at London Metropolitan University (LMU), London, UK.

This study has been approved by the Psychology Department Research Ethics Committee at LMU.

WHAT IS THIS RESEARCH ABOUT:

The study is aiming to investigate the psychological processes that people use to adjust to a chronic skin condition.

Research has shown that some people may become psychologically distressed due to their skin condition which further impacts on condition severity and overall adjustment.

The present study believes that some key factors impacting on psychological distress and condition maladjustment are: a) early experiences, b) beliefs about one's self and c) ways of relating to others.

It is hoped that through this study, Counselling Psychologists will gain more knowledge on how to help people presented with a skin condition, overcome a possible psychological impact of the condition on their life.

More details are presented at the end of this study.

WHAT WILL I BE ASKED TO DO:

To participate in this study you will be required to complete four questionnaires that will take approximately 20 minutes. However, please feel free to take as long as you need to complete them.

The questionnaires are the following:

a) Experience in Close Relationships: measures how people relate to others (12 questions)

b) Young Parenting Inventory: measures perceived parenting experiences (72 questions)

c) Young Schema Questionnaire: measures beliefs about one's self (90 questions)

d) Adjustment to Chronic Skin Conditions: measures the overall adjustment to a chronic skin condition (51 questions)

You can take a break at any point throughout this study. However, please try to make sure not to take more than two breaks for each questionnaire.

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and if you find any of these questions particularly difficult you do not have to answer them.

CONFIDENTIALITY:

All information collected from you during the course of this study will be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL to the research team and will only be used for the purposes of this study.

It will NOT be possible to identify your name or any other information about you.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE DATA ONCE THE SURVEY IS COMPLETED

The data that will be gathered throughout this study will be securely stored by the research team for up to five years. This will happen for the purposes of publication.

WHO CAN I CONTACT:

If you have any further questions regarding this study or if you are interested in the study’s results, please contact the researche team:

Researcher:

Elli Kalaki
ellikalaki@hotmail.com

Supervisors:

Dr Anna Baker
a.baker@londonmet.ac.uk

Dr Anna Butcher
anna.butcher@londonmet.ac.uk

Please complete the survey by using the buttons at the bottom of the page to navigate.

Thank you very much for your time, it is very much appreciated.

Kindest Regards,

Elli Kalaki
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