Page 1: Participant Information Sheet

Thank you for engaging interest in this research project.  Please read this information sheet carefully to ensure that you understand your involvement, which will be invaluable to the researchers.

Project Overview

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has many subtypes, including Mental Contamination, whereby feelings of dirtiness arise with no physical contact with a contaminant.  A lesser known subtype of Mental Contamination are Morphing Fears which are described as acquiring negative characteristics of somebody else. 

The overall aim of this study is to explore any links between Morphing Fear symptoms and Psychotic symptoms, which may appear in the general population. You DO NOT need to have experienced any mental health problems to be eligible to take part in this survey.

How would I be involved?

You will answer questions about yourself, e.g. your date of birth and gender, OCD symptoms and Psychosis symptoms alongside questions on aspects relating to OCD and self-esteem. Please note, these self-report measures are not used as a diagnostic tool. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

  • Those with or without OCD and Psychosis experiences can take part but must be over 18 years.
  • Your participation is completely voluntary.
  • You do not need to have experienced any mental health problems to take part.

Can I withdraw after I have completed the questionnaire?

Yes and your data will be destroyed.  You can withdraw at ANY time during the study (by exiting the webpage).  If you wish to withdraw after the questionnaire, please contact the one of the researchers, quoting your unique ID, saying.  You do NOT have to give a reason of why you wish to withdraw.  Please note that you can withdraw until 10/01/2018 (please ignore date in consent form). This can be done by email or post. 

Will anyone know I have taken part?

No.  You will provide a unique ID for yourself to maintain anonymity.  However, your identity may be compromised if you contact the researchers to withdraw via email (if your email contains your name, for example).

Will anyone see my answers?

Only the researchers.  However, the researchers will not know that your answers belong to you due to your unique ID that you will provide before you take part. 

Are there any risks involved in participation?

Some areas of the questionnaire can be considered to encompass sensitive topics.  If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable or distressed, please visit the support links provided at the end of the questionnaire.  The researchers will not know if you sought help.

Are there any benefits for me?

Upon completion, you can opt yourself to be entered into a prize draw to win one of four Amazon vouchers that contain £25, by emailing the primary researcher and stating you have completed the survey. This is to thank you for taking your time to complete the survey.

If you are an NTU Psychology student, you will receive 3SONA credits, as a thank you for taking part! 

What happens to my responses after I take part?

Your data will remain anonymous and will only be looked at by the researchers upon analysis in order to help the investigation of Morphing Fears

Please do not hesitate to contact the researchers if you have any questions; if anything needs clarification and for any further queries:

 

 

Rosie Daly (Primary Researcher)

Email: rosie.daly03@ntu.ac.uk

Post: Nottingham Trent University

         50 Shakespeare Street

         Nottingham

         NG1 4FQ

 

 

Dr. Juliet Hassard (Supervisor)

Email: juliet.hassard@ntu.ac.uk

Post:  Nottingham Trent University

           50 Shakespeare Street

            Nottingham

             NG1 4FQ

Phone+44 (0)115 848 4706

Dr. Eva Zysk (Collaborator)

Email: eva.zysk@ntu.ac.uk

Post:  Nottingham Trent University

           50 Shakespeare Street

            Nottingham

             NG1 4FQ

Phone: +44 (0)115 848 5599

Thank you for expressing your interest in this research study and taking the time to read this information sheet.