We would like to invite you to take part in a research project. Before you decide whether to take part it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read this carefully and ask the researcher if you have any questions. Talk to others about the study if you wish. You can take as long as you would like to decide whether you want to take part.
What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to examine how personality traits can predict or are related to individuals sleep habits and life satisfaction.
Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because you fit the criteria for the proposed research, an undergraduate student. I am hoping to recruit 41 participants for this study.
Do I have to take part?
No. It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take part in this study. Please take your time to decide; You can take as long as you would like to decide if you want to take part. You can decide not to take part or to withdraw from the study up to 4 weeks after completion of the study. If you wish to have your data withdrawn please contact the researcher with your participant number and your data will then not be used. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form.
What will happen to me if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part you will be sent a link to the online survey which you will be required to fully complete. The survey involves completing three questionnaires and the collection of some demographic information from participants. The questionnaires include; one 50 item personality questionnaire, the second involves you giving information about your sleeping habits, and the third is about life satisfaction. It should take between 10-20 minutes. The data will be recorded through the online survey and the completed data will be stored with the researcher where it will be used for analysis for the study.
Are there any disadvantages risks to taking part?
The research will record your level of life satisfaction and quality of sleep. If you find that completing the questionnaires makes you feel any discomfort or difficulties, please contact the University of Worcester counselling service on 01905 85 5417 or the Samaritans helpline on 116 123.
Will the information I give stay confidential?
Everything you say/report is confidential. The information you give may be used for a research report, but it will not be possible to identify you from our research report or any other dissemination activities. The research data will be securely stored and may be used for further research purposes. No personal identifiable information will be collected, instead participants will be asked to create a participant number as a form of identification
How will you create a participant number?
All participants will create a unique identifier which they will be able to recall if they wish to withdraw their data from the study. The unique identifier will be that of the first two numbers of the participants’ birth date (the day in the month they were born), as well as the last two letters of their surname, as it is an easy one for them to remember.
What will happen to the results of the research study?
This research is being carried out as part of my Final Year Project at the University of Worcester. The findings of this study will be reported as part of my dissertation and may also be published in academic journals or at conferences.
If you wish to receive a summary of the research findings please contact the researcher.
Who is organising the research?
This research has been approved by the University of Worcester Institute of Health Ethics Committee.
What happens next?
Please keep this information sheet. If you do decide to take part, please either contact the researcher using the details below.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information