Project: Investigating Positive Body Reflections in Middle Aged Women
(Ethics approval number S191303)
Student Investigator: Rachael Weaver

Dear Participant

If you are a women between the ages of 30 – 60 years old, you are invited to participate in this study. The purpose of this research project is to understand how you view your body, and explore the effectiveness of engaging in positive reflections for middle-aged women.

If you agree to participate in this research project, you will be asked to respond to survey questions; complete a positive reflection task; and view media images that will in total take approximately 20 minutes of your time. The survey will ask you to reflect on either the features of your body, what your body can do, or how you relax

Your participation in this research project is completely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part you are not required to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw at any point during the survey. Consent to participate will be implied by the completion of the survey.

The research team will not be able to identify you personally if you choose to participate. Anonymity will be maintained throughout the study including any report resulting from the study. The data that is collected will be archived on a password-protected computer.

It is not anticipated that this research project will directly benefit you. However, a potential beneficial outcome may result from the opportunity to self-reflect in a positive way. The findings of this study will possibly help to inform future interventions to determine effective ways to increase body satisfaction in middle-age women.

It is anticipated that the research activities will not be distressing, however some participants may feel slight discomfort when completing the questionnaire as it asks questions about your feelings regarding your body. Participants will also view media images which may be uncomfortable for some individuals.

Sometimes thinking about the questions asked in the survey can create some uncomfortable or distressing feelings. If you need to talk to someone about this immediately, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. You may also wish to consider consulting your General Practitioner (GP) for additional support.

If you have any concerns, or questions regarding this project before or after participating, or wish to receive a summary of the overall results of the study, please contact the Student Investigator, Rachael Weaver on, rmw017@student.usc.edu.au. If you prefer an independent person, contact the Chairperson of the USC Human Research Ethics Committee: (c/- Office of Research, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC 4558; telephone (07) 5430 2823; email humanethics@usc.edu.au). Any complaint will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. The participant will be informed of the outcome.

The Researchers and the University would like to thank you for your interest in this project and appreciate the effort involved.

Rachael Weaver

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