Information sheet and consent

 
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A Survey Study of the ‘Other’s Perception of My Gender Typicality Scale’

We would like to invite you to participate in this research project. You should only participate if you want to; choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in any way. Participation should take no longer than 15-20 minutes, and before you decide whether you want to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what your participation will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

  • The objective of this study is to look at perceptions of gender, masculinity and femininity. Specifically, we want to quantify how people think others perceive their masculinity and femininity and whether these perceptions are related to stress, distress, and sexuality. Your participation will increase our knowledge of how gender identity and sexuality influences psychological distress.

  • We are looking for heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender male and female volunteers over the age of 16 for a research study on gender.

  • The study will involve one online survey which includes questions which ask about your sexuality, gender, perceptions of other’s attitudes, childhood behaviours, stress and distress. This should last no longer than 15 minutes.

  • This research has been approved by Kings College London's 'Psychiatry, Nursing and Midwifery' research ethics committee (PNM/13/14-32). Some questions may be of a personal nature, which some people may find sensitive, embarrassing or upsetting. For instance, we ask questions such as “Think about your sexual feelings” and “how often did you experiment with cosmetics and jewellery as a child?”

  • If you are uncomfortable answering any questions, please skip it or withdraw from the study at any time. As participation is anonymous it will not be possible for us to withdraw your data once you have returned your questionnaire. Your data will be collected anonymously and only the researchers will have access to the raw data.

  • If you would like a copy of the final report, please contact the researcher. This will be sent when the report is complete. Please be aware this may take over a year.

  • The findings from the data collected from this study will be disseminated in an undergraduate thesis and one peer reviewed article.

It is up to you to decide whether to take part or not. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw from the study at any time and without giving a reason. Submission of a completed questionnaire implies consent to participate (by pressing ‘next’). Partially completed questionnaires will not be analysed.

If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please contact the researcher using the following contact details: Laura Green, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE1 8AF. (Laura.l.green@kcl.ac.uk). Or alternatively, you can contact the research supervisor, Dr Qazi Rahman (Qazi.rahman@kcl.ac.uk).

If this study has harmed you in any way, you can contact King's College London using the details below for further advice and information: Dr. Qazi Rahman, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT (qazi.rahman@kcl.ac.uk) or Dr Katharine Rimes, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE1 8AF (k.rimes@kcl.ac.uk)

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