ONLINE STUDY OBSERVING THE IMPACT OF IDENTITY ON THE TRANSITION INTO FIRST YEAR UNIVERSITY LIFE
Thank you for your interest in this study. Before you decide whether to take part, please read the following information carefully. You may contact me to ask any questions if you would like more information.
What is this research looking at?
This study is based on research looking at the importance of formulating identity; the aim behind the study is to test how significant identity is within students’ transition into university life. We are observing key aspects that are believed to strongly shape our identity and provide further insight into how it is formed.
Do I have to take part?
It is up to you to decide to join the study. If you agree to take part, we will then ask you to consent online. You are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason. This would not affect you in any way.
What will happen if I agree to take part?
You will be asked to answer a series of questionnaires. These questionnaires will ask you to rate in number in accordance to the scale. Overall the survey should not take more than 45 minutes. There is an option to save your progress and continue later during participation, however there is an expiration date of 24 hours from time progress is saved.
Are there any problems with taking part?
Some questions may cause distress, if so please feel free to pause/ save and refer to wellbeing support links included in debrief section or contact researcher. There is also the option to withdraw at any time from the study.
Will it help me if I take part?
Primarily, participation will mainly benefit research purposes.
Participation will result in SONA credits for psychology students.
There will also be the opportunity to win £10 should the participant wish to enter the prize raffle.
How will you store the information that I give you?
All information which you provide during the study will be stored in accordance with the 1998 Data Protection Act and kept strictly confidential. The chief investigator will be the custodian of the anonymous research data. Any identifiable data will be stored separately in a password protected file and will be securely disposed of as soon as it is no longer necessary, and within 5 years. All anonymized results will be stored indefinitely in order to comply with open practice standards. All participants will remain anonymous and be identified through their participation code given at the onset of the survey. Date will be stored in a password protected computer and only be shared amongst researchers mentioned.
How will the data be used?
Data will be collected and analysed in SPSS and written up in a report and presented in a third year undergraduate project on the BSc Psychology programme and/or that it might be presented in journals and conferences. Participants’ data will be presented and will never be identified.
What happens if I agree to take part, but change my mind later?
Participants can withdraw at any time during study. However if not withdrawn within 24 hours upon completion of study data will be used in analysis.
How do I know that this research is safe for me to take part in?
All research in the University is looked at by an independent group of people, called a Research Ethics Committee, to protect your safety, rights, wellbeing and dignity. This research was approved by the Psychology Research Ethics Committee at the University of East Anglia on 24.04.15.
You are under no obligation to agree to take part in this research.
If you do agree you can withdraw at any time without giving a reason.
Researcher: Lucinda Unmole, L.firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor: Laura Biggart, email@example.com
Do also contact us if you have any worries or concerns about this research.
School of Psychology Ethics Committee:
firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone 01603 597146
Head of School Professor Kenny Coventry:
email@example.com; Phone 01603 597145
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