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There is an increasing amount of literature suggesting that different attachment types, empathy ability and particular personality traits contribute to the likeliness of one engaging in antisocial behaviour. Research showing this correlation has mostly been conducted on children and adolescents, therefore there is a gap in the literature in regards to adults.

The current study will determine whether any specific adult attachment types correlate with antisocial behaviour in comparison to the two other correlates; empathy ability and personality traits.

You are being invited to take part in a questionnaire that will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Before you decide whether to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.

Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. You can ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

What is the purpose of the study?
This research is looking at cognitive distortions that predict antisocial behaviour in relation to one’s attachment style, empathy ability and personality traits.

Why have I been invited to participate?
You have been invited to take part in this study to contribute to research in an area enabling us to look at the specific factors which effect the likelihood of engagement in antisocial behaviour based on one’s cognitive distortions. Theoretically the findings from this project could aid further research to find more suitable preventative techniques of acquiring these attitudes.

Do I have to take part?
No. If you do decide to take part, you may withdraw at any time, without giving reason.

What will happen to me if I take part? What do I have to do?
If you agree to take part, you will complete the questionnaire which will take no longer than 10-15 minutes.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
There are no foreseeable disadvantages or risks in taking part.

What if something goes wrong?
You may withdraw from filling out the questionnaire at any time. If you have any questions in regards to the study you can contact myself at harrietculver@live.co.uk or my supervisor at tara.marshall@brunel.ac.uk

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
If you take part in the research, all information collected from you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential and made anonymous. The information will be kept in a secure location, accessible only to the researchers.

What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results will be coded (for anonymity) and analysed by the research team before being reported. The results may also be presented in appropriate scientific journals and conferences. If you take part in this research, you can obtain copies of these publications from the research team. The data will be stored by the chief investigator Dr. T Marshall at Brunel University under conditions specified by the Departmental Data Protection Advisor.

Who is organising and funding the research?
The project does not have any external funding. This research is being run by Harriet Culver, Department of Psychology, Brunel University.

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