1. Welcome!

Greetings, and thank you for taking the time to access this research page. This page will tell you about the research and help you decide if you would like to continue with the survey. Only people who live in New Zealand and who are 16 years and over should take part in this study.

My name is Barbara Staniforth and I am the Director of Social Work (Qualifying Programmes) in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work. For a long time, I have been interested in the roles that people we see for certain services, such as hairdressers, personal trainers and beauty therapists, play in our lives. The literature describes these people as sometimes playing natural helping roles as they can become confidantes, supporters and ‘counsellors’ to us. This research hopes to explore these relationships so that we can understand what happens within them, with the idea that maybe some of the information we get may be helpful for professional helpers in their roles.

You are reading this information sheet because you have somehow heard about this research. I have used wide-ranging methods to get information about this study out. The research is made up of an anonymous internet survey that asks you various questions about your relationships with natural helpers. Should you decide to proceed, it will take about 10 to 20 minutes to complete. You are under no obligation to complete this survey, and should you decide to proceed, you may skip any of the questions that you do not want to answer. Your submission of the research by clicking the “submit” link at the end of the research will be taken as your consent to participate. Please also feel free to send this link on to others who you think may find it interesting.

Information from this survey will not be attributable to you.  Because of this, once you have submitted your survey, you will not be able to take back your information. The results of the research will be used to inform professional helping practice and will be used for teaching presentations, written up in scholarly journals, or in more general media publications. Information may also be reported on in conferences or within the media. Your responses will be stored indefinitely on my password protected computer. You can email me if you would like a summary of the study results.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, or my Head of School, on the following contact details. Thank you for your time in this research.

Dr Barbara Staniforth
Director Social Work (Qualifying Programmes)
Senior Lecturer
School of Counselling Human Services and Social Work
Faculty of Education and Social Work
University of Auckland
Phone: 64 9 623 8899 ext 48349
Email: b.staniforth@auckland.ac.nz

Head of School
Christa Fouche
School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work
Faculty of Education and Social Work
University of Auckland
Phone: 64 9 623 8899 ext 48562
Email: c.fouche@auckland.ac.nz

For any queries regarding ethical concerns you may contact the Chair, The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee, The University of Auckland, Research Office, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142. Telephone 09 373-7599 extn. 83711 or 87830. Email: ro-ethics@auckland.ac.nz

APPROVED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND HUMAN PARTICIPANTS ETHICS COMMITTEE ON 23 July 2015 for (3) years, Reference Number 014810

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* 1. I am over 16 years and living in New Zealand

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