Page 1: Participant Information Sheet

Thank you for engaging interest in this research project. This research project is being carried out by Rosie Daly, Dr. Eva Zysk, and Dr. Juliet Hassard. We would like to invite you to take part in the research project. Before you do, 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. This is where feelings of dirtiness arise where no physical contact with a contaminant has occured.  A lesser known subtype of mental contamination are morphing fears which are described as acquiring negative characteristics of somebody else. Morphing fears have often been misdiagnosed as psychosis.

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.

Can I withdraw?

You can withdraw at any time until 10/06/2018. If you change your mind about the study while filling in the questionnaire, you can do this by exiting the webpage. If you wish to withdraw after you have completed the questionnaire, please contact one of the researchers, quoting your unique ID. You DO NOT have to give a reason of why you wish to withdraw. Please note that you can withdraw until 10/06/2018. This can be done by email or post. If you decide to withdraw after you have completed the questionnaire, this does not compromise your participation in the prize draw (if you opted to enter it).

Why am I eligible?

Anyone who is aged 18+, is interested in this study, and can provide informed consent is eligible. You are eligible if you have OCD and also if you do not. Your participation is completely voluntary.


Will anyone know I have taken part?

No. You will provide a unique ID for yourself which may reveal some personal information however, this will be kept on a secure, password protected computer that only the researchers will have access to. If you opt to enter the Amazon prize draw, you will reveal your name and email; again, however, this will only be seen by the research team. Your identity may be comprimised if you contact the researchers to withdraw via email (if your email contains your name, for example). To avoid this, you can contact the researchers anonymously by post.

Will anyone see my answers?

Your answers will be pooled with those of the other participants in analyses of peoples' responding patterns, and only the researchers would see your individual answers. 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 assess sensitive topics.  If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable or distressed, remeber that you can stop taking part and withdraw your responses. Also, 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. 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)


Post: Nottingham Trent University

         50 Shakespeare Street


         NG1 4FQ



Dr. Juliet Hassard (Supervisor)


Post:  University of Nottingham

           University Park Campus

            East Dr.


             NG7 2RD

Dr. Eva Zysk (Collaborator)


Post:  Nottingham Trent University

           50 Shakespeare Street


             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.