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. 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. Contact details are provided below if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.
Our research project investigates how students approach their work and the effects that this may have on academic achievement and stress levels. We are recruiting students, aged 16 or older, from a variety of backgrounds. The results of the research will hopefully enable us to develop ways to help students study effectively and experience less stress.
The study consists of an online survey. You will be asked about your study habits, stress, mood and feelings, and general questions (e.g. academic grades). These are mainly multiple-choice questions where you tick a box to indicate agreement with different statements (e.g. "I put off doing my academic work by other activities instead" or "I try to hide my stress about my academic work from other people"). There are no right or wrong answers or trick questions. It should take about 12-15 minutes. A second, optional survey will take place a couple of months later. This will be a much shorter survey with multiple-choice questions about study habits.
Completion of these questionnaires is unlikely to cause any significant distress. However, if thinking about the questionnaire items raises any concerns for you, contact details of the research team are provided so that you can get in touch if you wish. Any information that you provide will be kept entirely confidential and only be used for the purposes of this research. You will not be asked for your name; instead each survey will be allocated a unique number. If you choose to provide your email address (for the second part of the study) this will be stored separately to your questionnaire responses. Submission of a completed questionnaire (by pressing the 'submit' or 'finish' buttons) implies consent to participate, and for all data collected to be used. Questionnaires which are partially completed will not be included, so if you do not press the ‘next’ button to continue to the rest of the survey, your data will not be used. Two undergraduate students will discuss the results of this research study in a project report as part of their intercalated Psychology BSc.
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.
If you have any questions or require more information about this study, or feel this study has harmed you in any way, please contact the researcher using the following contact details: Katharine.Rimes@kcl.ac.uk Institute of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology, Box PO77, Henry Wellcome Building, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AF.
This study has been approved by the Psychiatry, Nursing & Midwifery Research Ethics Subcommittee (PNM RESC) at the King’s College London Research Offices. The contact details of which are as follows: Research Ethics Office 5.2 Franklin Wilkins Building, (Waterloo Bridge Wing) Waterloo Campus King’s College London Stamford Street London SE1 9NH firstname.lastname@example.org