The factors which influence homesickness and the methods used to overcome homesickness.

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Study Title: The factors which influence homesickness and the methods used to overcome homesickness.

What is the purpose of the study?
The aim of this study is to investigate the factors which cause a person to be homesick. Homesickness is the distress caused by a separation from the specific home environment. Symptoms of homesickness include anxiety and depression. It will also examine the methods that people find most effective in helping them overcome homesickness.

Do I have to take part?
No. You have been approached as you are a person that is aged 18 or over. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. If you change your mind about taking part in the study you can withdraw at any time by closing your browser or by informing me if you are filling out the questionnaire in person. Once you have clicked submit or have given me the completed questionnaire then you have given your consent to take part in the study. Once you have given your consent to take part you cannot withdraw your data as it is completely anonymous and it will not be able to be identified in the data analysis. You will also be asked to put in a 6 digit participation code at the start of the questionnaire. This number is important as you will need it if you wish to withdraw from the study. This number will also be needed if you are looking for study participation credits.

If you decide to take part in the study you will be asked to fill out 3 questionnaires along with 2 short answer questions. In this study there are no right or wrong answers. Participation in this study should last no longer than 30 minutes.

I cannot think of any risks in this study except that some of the questions involved may cause you to feel homesick. If a question is causing you too much distress you do not have to answer it. Towards the end of the questionnaire you may feel tired after answering all the questions.
Participation in this study can help to increase our knowledge of homesickness. Participation may also help universities come up with new ways of helping people that are suffering with homesickness. If you are an undergraduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sunderland you may receive two research participation credits for completing the online study.

If you don’t feel comfortable about something in the study you can contact me via email. University students can contact their University counseling service. Details will be given at the end of the study.

All data taken in this study is completely anonymous. You will not have to give out any of your personal details that will show you are. All data taken in this study will be destroyed in 3 years.

The results of this study will be written up and presented as part of my final year dissertation. If allowed, the results may also be presented at academic conferences or written up for publication in academic peer reviewed academic journals.

Who is organizing and funding the research?
The research is organized by Eanna McCarthy, a final year undergraduate student at the University of Sunderland, Department of Psychology. This project is not externally funded.

Who has reviewed the study?
A departmental subcommittee of the University of Sunderland Research Ethics Committee has reviewed and approved the study.

Contact for further information: Eanna McCarthy (email: bf88sp@student.sunderland.ac.uk)

Stephanie Wilkie (Email: stephanie.wilkie@sunderland.ac.uk)
Phone: 0191 515 2601

Dr Robert Pullen (Chairperson University of Sunderland Research Ethics Committee)
Email: robert.pullen@sunderland.ac.uk Phone: 0191 515 2609

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