This survey is being carried out by Natalie Harrison, a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Nicola Graham-Kevan, Dr. Cath Sullivan and Dr. Roxanne Khan at The University of Central Lancashire. This study is part of my overall PhD and I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me by taking part in a study concerning sibling aggression. Please note that all participants should be aged 16 years or older.
The study will involve completing two questionnaires. This will look at how you and your brothers and/or sisters used to fight with each other. One questionnaire will also ask about yourself (e.g. sex, age etc.) and the other will ask about how you and your brother and/or sister got along. When you have submitted all of your answers online, they will be anonymised. Overall, this should take approximately 10 minutes. Please be aware that the questions will ask you to think about the relationship with your sibling that you had the most conflict with. This does include questions asking about physical aggression.
All of your responses will remain anonymous. This means that aside from the research team, no other person will have access to the questionnaire responses. By taking part in the study, the responses provided by you will be used to write a final report, which will help contribute to our understanding of brothers and sisters fighting with each other.
If you are a psychology student at the University of Central Lancashire, who is participating in studies to gain SONA points, please be reminded that you do not have to take part in this particular study. Feel free to choose an alternative study if you would prefer. If you do have any questions about the research please feel free to email the researcher before continuing with the questionnaires.
Please remember that you do not have to take part in this research, it is entirely voluntary. Some people may find the topic of the questionnaire distressing. If you feel you might find it distressing, please think carefully before deciding to participate.
You also have the right to withdraw from the research; you don’t have to take part in the questionnaires. You may stop the questionnaire at any point, however please be aware that the responses that you have given so far will be deleted and totally withdrawn from the study. Please be aware however, that once you submit your completed questionnaire responses, they will be anonymous and we will not be able to take you out of the research. If you would prefer a hard copy of the questionnaire, please contact the researcher using the contact details below.
From your responses, the findings will be summarised into a thesis, which could be published and presented at academic conferences, but this will not identify you in anyway, and only those with legitimate professional need will see the responses to the questionnaires.
By submitting your responses to the questionnaires, you are providing consent for your data to be used in the study. By clicking ahead, you will be presented with the questionnaires to take part in the study.
Contact details for the researcher are as follows:
Natalie Harrison, School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE. E-Mail: NHarrison1@uclan.ac.uk
Contact details for the PhD director of studies are as follows:
Dr. Nicola Graham-Kevan, School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE. Email: NGraham-Kevan@uclan.ac.uk
This study has been approved by the ethics board at the University of Central Lancashire. If you wish to speak to someone outside the research team, concerns should be addressed to the university officer for ethics at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Information provided should include the study name or description (so that it can be identified), the principle investigator or student investigator or researcher, and the substance of the complaint. For further information, click the following link; http://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/environment/assets/concerns_procedure.pdf