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 and Psychotic symptoms in the general population.

How would I be involved?

You will answer questions about yourself, e.g. your date of birth and gender, OCD and Psychosis alongside questions on aspects relating to OCD and self-esteem.  It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

  • Those with or without OCD can take part but must be over 18 years.
  • Your participation is completely voluntary

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.  You have until 30/07/2017 to withdraw. 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.

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.daly2013@my.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.