PAIN AND BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

You are invited to participate in a study which is conducted by the chief investigator Nadine Davies and will form the basis for the degree of Masters in Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Western Sydney under the supervision of Dr Kathryn Nicholson Perry, School Social Sciences and Psychology, University of Western Sydney, Bankstown Campus.

WHAT IS THE STUDY ABOUT?
The purpose is to investigate the relationship between pain, mood and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

It is anticipated that findings from this study will add to understanding of pain and Borderline Personality Disorder, and provide clinicians with extra ways of assessing and treating pain and BPD. This may lead to less negative impact on individual's lives, when they struggle with both BPD and pain.

WHAT DOES THE STUDY INVOLVE
If you decide to take part in the research you will need to fill out the questionnaire provided. It will ask questions about your mood, your experience of pain (both chronic pain and self inflicted pain), and questions about the symptoms you have of Borderline Personality Disorder. If you are over 18, and you wish to participate in this research after you have read this information sheet, you will be required to fill in the questionnaire attached.

At no point in time will you be required to provide any identifying information, ensuring that all information obtained is unidentifiable. No individual can or will be identified in any publication of the results.

This study should take you approximately 20 minutes.

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that this research will have any direct benefit for you. However, the wider benefits are that it will add to our understanding of pain, mood, and borderline personality disorder, and potentially identify new therapeutic targets that may enable more effectively ways of managing of pain and BPD.

WILL THE STUDY INVOLVE ANY DISCOMFORT FOR ME?
Although not expected, it is possible that you may experience some distress during or after the completion of the questionnaire. If you feel any distress during the completion of the questionnaire, details of free counselling services are at the end of the survey.

HOW IS THE STUDY BEING PAID FOR?
The study is not receiving any funding. Nominal financial assistance is being provided by the Psychology Department at the University of Western Sydney to assist the primary researcher with costs associated with the project.

WILL ANYONE ELSE KNOW THE RESULTS?
The chief investigator, Nadine Davies, and Supervisor, Dr Kathryn Nicholson Perry will be the only people who will have access to information on participants. All parts of the study, including results, will be confidential. The results of the research will be developed in to a Master of Psychology (Clinical) thesis. Results may also be published in a peer reviewed journal article in future, individual participants will not be identifiable in such a report.

CAN I WITHDRAW FROM THE STUDY?
Participation is entirely voluntary: you are not obliged to be involved and if you do participate you can withdraw without giving any reason and without any consequences. It is important to note that since data is being collected anonymously, it will not be possible for you to withdraw your responses once your questionnaire has been completed and submitted.

CAN I TELL OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT THE STUDY?
Yes, you can tell other people about the study by providing them with the chief investigator's contact
details or letting them know the link to questionnaire via Survey Monkey.

* 1. WHAT IF I REQUIRE FURTHER INFORMATION?
If you have questions after you have read this information, you can contact the principal
researcher (Nadine Davies on 16579587@student.uws.edu.au, Ph: 0403 589 593) or the research supervisor (Dr Kathryn Nicholson Perry, k.nicholsonperry@uws.edu.au, Ph: 9772 6781) who will answer your questions. Feel free contact researchers through the above means if you would like to know more about the project at any stage.

WHAT IF I HAVE A COMPLAINT?
This study has been approved by the University of Western Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee. The Approval number is H9609.

If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this research, you may contact the Ethics Committee through the Office of Research Services on Tel +61 2 4736 0229 Fax +61 2 4736 0013 or email humanethics@uws.edu.au.
Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully, and you will be informed of the
outcome.

* 2. I am 18 years old or over

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