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Surveillance and social networking, at what risks?
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Study Information
You are invited to take part in a research project, but before you decide whether you to wish to participate it is important that you understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and please 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 explore links between surveillance behaviours, social networking site use and well-being.

Why have I been invited to take part?

You have received this invitation because you are an active user on some form of social networking site such as, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc., you are 16 or over, you are in a romantic relationship and your partner has a similar active social networking account.

Do I have to take part?

No. It is up to you to decide whether or not you wish to take part in this study. Please take your time to decide. You can decide not to take part at any time and you can withdraw your data from the study at any point up until 28 days from when you took part. If you wish to have your data withdrawn please contact the researcher with your unique ID (that you will have created at the beginning of the study), by emailing: whie1_14@uni.worcs.ac.uk and your data will be removed. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing to these terms.

What will happen to me if I agree to take part?

If you agree to take part you will be required to fill in a short demographic questionnaire as well as three scales online, which will take up to 15 minutes to complete.

Are there any disadvantages/risks to taking part?

There are no anticipated risks associated with participating in this study. However if issues were to arise that you wish to discuss, you can access the University of Worcester’s support services by phoning them on 01905 855417/5107 or by sending them an email at cmh@worc.ac.uk.

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. Personal identifiable information (e.g. your unique ID) will be securely stored and kept for up to 6 months after the project ends in May 2017 and will then be securely disposed of in line with the Data Protection act (1998). The research data will also be securely stored and may be used for further research purposes.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

This research is being carried out as part of my Psychology degree 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 via email: whie1_14@uni.worcs.ac.uk

Who is organising the research?

This research has been approved by the University of Worcester Institute of Health Ethics Committee.

What happens next?

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