Participant Information Sheet
Title of Project: Mindfulness impact on ways of thinking
I 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.
What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to find out impact of mindfulness on ways of thinking.
Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because you are University of Worcester student involved in research participation scheme or due to your interest in the topic studied. I am hoping to recruit 40-50 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 decide not to take part or to withdraw from the study 28 days afterwards. If you wish to have your data withdrawn please contact the researcher with your personalized 6 digit code and your data will then not be used.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
• Go onto online resource where you will be asked to follow instructions on screen
• All data collection will happen online
• It should take approximately 5 minutes to complete all of the scales
• Data will be recorded by online engine and retrieved by researcher
Are there any disadvantages risks to taking part?
The research will ask you to reflect on your typical negative thinking appraisal.
• If you would find this part of questionnaire distressing you are welcomed to use counselling services provided by University of Worcester or charity counseling MIND, Samaritans. Details and contact for these services can be found here: http://www.worc.ac.uk/counselling/, http://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/, http://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us.
Will the information I give stay confidential?
Yes. 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. Personal identifiable information (e.g. name and contact details) will not be retrieved from you at any point. This research is guided by BPS Code of Human Research Ethics (2014).
What will happen to the results of the research study?
This research is being carried out as part of my Psychology dissertation 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
If you decide to take part of you have any questions, concerns or complaints about this study please contact one of the research team using the details below.
If you would like to speak to an independent person who is not a member of the research team, please contact John-Paul Wilson at the University of Worcester, using the following details:
Graduate Research School
University of Worcester
Worcester WR2 6AJ