We invite you to participate in a survey examining the relationship between gratitude and the level of burden experienced by unpaid family or friends who care for people with mental illness. This is a forerunner to the development of a resource that could be designed to lessen the burden that carers of people with mental illness experience.
Why are we examining the relationship between gratitude and carer burden?
Studies have shown that high levels of burden reduce caregivers’ wellbeing. Studies have also shown that feelings of gratitude lead to higher levels of wellbeing. However, it is unknown if being more inclined towards experiencing gratitude reduces carer burden.
Why have you been approached to participate in this study?
This study seeks to capture the views of unpaid family or friends who care for someone with a mental illness.
What this study involves.
We would be pleased if you could complete the questionnaire below. The questionnaire should take less than 15 minutes to complete.
Possible benefits
You will not benefit directly from participating in the survey, however, your involvement will assist us in gaining an understanding of the association between gratitude and carer burden. This understanding will guide the development of an intervention that could promote feelings of gratitude, which when delivered to carers of people with mental illness may decrease the burden they experience.
Possible risks
There are no anticipated risks. However, it is acknowledged that having the opportunity to detail the challenges of caring for another person with a serious mental illness may elicit feelings of upset for some people. If you wish to seek support for your distress, we encourage you to either ring Lifeline on 131114 or contact the researchers, on the details provided below, and they will then arrange a counselling service. Also, each state and territory has a carers association which offers conselling and other supports, which you can contact by phoning 1800 242 636.
What happens to the results?
A plain language written summary of the study will be made publicly available on the Murdoch University School of Health Professions website once the study has been completed. We would also be pleased to provide you with a copy of the study’s results upon request. In addition, the results of the overall study may be presented at conferences, and they may also be presented in published articles. You will not be identified individually in any reports which use material from the survey questionnaire as all responses are anonymous. Only staff involved in the Project will have access to the data. Copies of the questionnaire data will be stored on a Murdoch University password protected database for five years.
Voluntary participation-What happens if I say no?
Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Choosing to participate, or not participate, will not affect your relationship with Murdoch University.
What if I have questions about the study?
If you have any questions please contact Dr Norman Stomski either on (08) 93606038 or N.Stomski@murdoch.edu.au or Professor Paul Morrison on (08) 95825502
Ethical Issues
This project has been approved by Murdoch University Human Research Ethics Committee (2016/215). If you have any reservation or complaint, contact Murdoch University's Ethics Office on (08) 93606677 or ethics @murdoch.edu.au

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