Your invitation: My name is Beverley Reid and I am a fulltime undergraduate student at the University of Sunderland in my final year of a Psychology degree. As part of my degree I am undertaking a research project. I am therefore inviting you to take part in my project named “Attitudes and Perceptions".
Before you decide to participate, it is important for you to understand what the project involves and what you will be required to do. Please take time to read the following information. If anything is not clear, please feel free to ask any questions before you start.
Aim: The study aims to investigate the different attitudes and perceptions of men and women.
Participation: Taking part in this study is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason and without penalty. For the purpose of the assignment being submitted, should you wish your data to be withdrawn, then the closing date for withdrawing from the study would be 1st April 2012. If you wish to withdraw please remember your 6 digit number (which will be asked for at the end after part three) and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Procedure: I am looking for White British/ White European men and women aged 18 to 26 years to take part in this study. The study has 4 parts. The first requires you to complete demographical information which consists of 6 questions. The second part asks you to rate 5 imaginary situations using the Likert scale provided. The third part asks you to view images of men and women then requires you to answer 6 questions for each of the images using the Likert scale provided. Please be aware some of the images include partial nudity and may cause offence. Some text may also cause offence. The fourth and final part asks you to rate your opinion on 22 statements using the Likert scale provided. Please answer all parts of the study as HONESTLY as you can so that a true picture of attitudes and perceptions can be recorded for the study.
This study will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. If there is any aspect of these instructions that you do not understand then please contact myself at email@example.com before proceeding. Confidentiality: All information you provide for this study will remain anonymous and confidential. Data will be kept for no longer than 12 months after which will be destroyed. My dissertation tutor and I will be the only people to view the data. Any data used in a future publication or presentation will be in the form of group data only. Contact for further information: If you have any questions or enquiries about the study then please contact myself by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Daniel Farrelly, my dissertation supervisor at email@example.com who is based in the Reg Vardy Building at the University of Sunderland, St Peters Campus.
Who has approved the study?: The current study has been approved by a board of members at the University of Sunderland Ethics Committee.
What if something goes wrong?: If you feel there is something wrong with the study, either ethically or otherwise, then please do either contact myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee of the University of Sunderland (Dr. R. Pullen) at Robert.Pullen@sunderland.ac.uk