School of Applied Psychology
 Individual and gender-related differences in well-being and self-esteem
 (GU Ref No: 2019/428)

Who is conducting the research:    Dr David Reilly,
                                                             School of Applied Psychology
                                                             (07) 567 80593
Why is the research being conducted?
College/university life brings exciting new challenges and responsibilities, but this adaption to university life can also be a stressful period. This study is looking to investigate whether there are gender differences in psychosocial wellbeing and self-esteem in university students, and the role of personality traits as a protective factor.

What you will be asked to do
You will be asked to complete an online survey assessing personality traits, and your level of psychosocial wellbeing. You’ll also be asked to provide basic demographic information (age, gender). You are not required to identify and personally identifying information. This should take approximately 20-25 minutes.

Risks and Benefits
If you are enrolled in a course that stipulates research participation, you will be awarded course credit for your time. This research has the potential to increase our understanding of protective factors that might reduce stress and increase well-being. There are no foreseeable risks to you personally that are associated with participation in this study. However some of the questions will touch on issues of psychosocial wellbeing. If you experience distress, you may wish to contact a counsellor at Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 (Within within Australia). These services may be contacted without the need for prior or special approval

Your confidentiality
Your confidentiality is assured because you are not required to provide your name or other identifying information.

Your participation is voluntary
Your participation is completely voluntary, and we greatly appreciate the generous time given to respond to this questionnaire. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time without penalty or explanation. Course credit, equal to the duration of the full experiment, will be offered to you for participation if you are a first year psychology student. 

Questions / further information
If you have further questions regarding your participation, or about this research, please contact the chief investigator using the above contact details. 

The ethical conduct of this research
All research conducted by Griffith University is conducted in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.  If you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research project please contact the Manager, Research Ethics on 3735 4375 or
Feedback to you
To preserve your anonymity and so that individual participants cannot be identified, we are unable to provide individual feedback of results. A summary of the findings of this research will be made available to participants upon request. Please contact the chief investigator Dr David Reilly

Privacy statement and data storage

The conduct of this research involves the collection, storage, and analysis of your survey responses. These will be used in an aggregated form to investigate the entire sample, with the findings intended for scientific publication. All research data (survey responses and analysis) will be retained in a password protected file at Griffith University. A de-identified copy of this data may be used for research purposes, including publishing openly (e.g. in an open-access journal/repository). All data recorded will be anonymous so that individual responses cannot be identified; IP addresses will not be collected. For further information consult the University’s Privacy Plan at or telephone (07) 3735 4375.

Deemed consent
By completing the online survey, you grant consent to participate in this study.
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