Information for Participants

We wish to invite you to participate in our research project (described below). This research is being conducted by Jennifer Baee, Mischa Hutchinson, Jennifer Martin, Gayle Moore, David Paul, Sara Stanley, Vicki Lynn, and Yvette Wilson as part of our Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced), at the School of Behavioural, Cognitive & Social Sciences at the University of New England. This research is being supervised by Dr Liz Temple.

Research Project: Personality, Psychosocial Wellbeing & Social Attitudes Study

Aim of the research
The research aims to explore the complex relationships between personality, psychosocial wellbeing, and social attitudes and behaviours. In particular, we are seeking to increase understanding of how differences in personality impact on an individual’s psychosocial wellbeing and influence their interactions with other people.

Participation
We would like to invite you to participate in this research by completing an anonymous online questionnaire. The questionnaire will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. You do not have to do it all in one session, but can cease and resume completion whenever suits it you. If you choose to participate, you can also choose to enter your details into a draw for one of four $50 gift cards (your choice of Coles/Myer, Woolworths, JB Hi-Fi, iTunes or Google Play).

Questionnaire
In completing the questionnaire, you will be asked to respond to questions relating to your personality (e.g., extraversion, conscientiousness, mindfulness, resilience, optimism) and aspects of psychosocial wellbeing, such as life satisfaction, self-esteem, holistic wellbeing, depression, anxiety, traumatic experiences, and post-traumatic stress disorder. You will also be asked about a range of social attitudes and behaviours, including empathy, compassion, time attitudes, prosocial and antisocial behaviours, opinions on social issues (e.g., marriage equality), and use of social media. We will also be asking you to provide some demographic information about yourself (e.g., age, sex, gender, education, income).

Upsetting Issues
It is possible that this research may lead some people to experience feelings of distress - if you believe that you may experience distress when prompted to answer questions about traumatic experiences (e.g., abuse, assault, death of someone close) or psychological distress (e.g., depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress), you are advised not to participate in this study.

If you feel affected at all by the questions presented in the study, please contact your doctor, psychologist, counsellor or local community health service. Alternatively, 24 hour counselling assistance is provided by Lifeline (phone: 13 11 14; Lifeline) and BeyondBlue (phone: 1300 22 46 36; BeyondBlue). UNE students can also access support through the University's Student Counselling service (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; phone: 02 6773 2897; UNE Student Counselling).
Confidentiality
As an anonymous questionnaire is being used to collect data for this research, the information you provide will not be linked to you personally. However, you will need to provide contact details, such as an email address, if you would like to be entered into the prize draw. This contact information will remain confidential and will not be linked in any way to the information you provide through the questionnaire. Similarly, if you are a first year psychology student at UNE and would like this to count towards your research participation requirements, you will be asked to provide your name and student number - this identifying information will not be linked to your questionnaire data.

Participation is Voluntary
Please understand that your involvement in this study is voluntary and we respect your right to withdraw from the study at any time without consequence and without needing to provide an explanation.

Use of Information
We will analyse data gathered through the questionnaire for inclusion in each of our individual theses, which we expect to complete in November 2017. Information from the study may also be used in academic journal articles and conference presentations before and after this date. Additionally, subsets of this data will be shared with Dr Temple's research collaborators, thus, contributing to large-scale, international research projects.   

Storage of Information
Data will be stored on a password protected computer in Dr Temple’s office at the University of New England’s School of Cognitive, Behavioural, & Social Science. Access will be limited to the purposes described above.

Disposal of Information
All data collected in this research will be kept for a minimum of five years from the successful submission of our theses, after which it will be disposed of by deleting relevant computer files.

Approval
This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval No: HE17-156, Valid to 18 July, 2018).

Contact Details
Feel free to contact Dr Liz Temple with any questions about this research and/or if you would like to receive a summary of findings once the research is complete (email: etemple3@une.edu.au; phone: 02 6773 1760). Alternatively, the student researchers can be contacted via phone or email: Jennifer Baee (jbaee@myune.edu.au); Mischa Hutchinson (mhutchi8@myune.edu.au); Jennifer Martin (jmarti53@myune.edu.au); Gayle Moore (gmoore20@myune.edu.au); David Paul (dpaul6@myune.edu.au); Sara Stanley (Sstanle5@myune.edu.au); Vicki Lynn (Vlynn2@myune.edu.au); Yvette Wilson (ywilson@myune.edu.au).

Complaints
Should you have any complaints concerning the manner in which this research is conducted, please contact:
    Mrs Jo-Ann Sozou
    Research Ethics Officer
    Research Services
    University of New England  
    Armidale, NSW  2351
    Tel: (02) 6773 3449 
    Email: ethics@une.edu.au

* Please indicate whether or not you agree with the following statements.

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I have read the Information for Participants provided above and any questions I have asked have been answered to my satisfaction.
I have been advised not to participate if I believe that the nature of the questions is likely to cause me distress, and to seek professional support if I do become distressed.
I am older than 18 years of age.

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