Participant Information Sheet

The relationship between Aggression, Environment and Personality.

What is the purpose of the study?
The aim this study is to investigate the effect that the environment and certain aspects of personality has on the levels of physical aggression displayed by young women.

Why have I been approached?
The study requires young females, who are Undergraduate students, between the ages of eighteen and twenty five to partake.

Do I have to take part?
No, participation in this study is entirely voluntary. You may withdraw from the study at any time during participation by exiting the browser. All the information you have entered will be immediately destroyed and will not be used in the study. You will give your consent by clicking the ‘submit’ button at the end of the study, however you will also be asked to supply a unique six digit reference number so that if you do wish to withdraw your data after completion of the study you must quote this number in an email addressed to me. You have two weeks prior to taking part to withdraw your data if you wish to do so.

What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be asked to complete five online questionnaires measuring aggression traits, the environment and other certain aspects of personality. There are no right or wrong answers to these questionnaires; I am interested in your own personal perception. The study should take no longer than 40 minutes to complete.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
There are no obvious risks to taking part in this study. You may become a bit tired as there are quite a few questions but they are essential to address the research question fully.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
If you are an Undergraduate student of the University of Sunderland you will receive two credits for taking part in this study and you will be helping our understanding of female aggression.

What if something goes wrong?
If you feel that something has gone wrong or are unhappy with the conduct of the study you may contact me directly by email. Alternatively you may wish to contact my project supervisor or failing that the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee by email.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
Yes. You will not be asked for any personal details that could distinguish your identity as all data sets are submitted anonymously. All data will be destroyed after three years.

What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results of this study will be written up as part of my final year undergraduate project. If suitable the results may be published in peer reviewed academic journals or presented at academic conferences.

Who is organising and funding the research?
The research is organised by Hannah Mahon who is final year undergraduate student at the University of Sunderland, Department of Psychology. This project is not externally funded.

Who has reviewed the study?
A departmental subcommittee of the University of Sunderland Research Ethics Committee has reviewed and approved the study.

Contact for further information
Hannah Mahon (email:
Helen Driscoll
Phone: 0191 515 3436
Dr Robert Pullen (Chairperson of the University of Sunderland Research Ethics Committee)
Phone: 0191 515 2609