Participant Information Sheet
‘The role of adverse childhood experiences and feelings about the self in psychosis’
Before you consent to participating in the study please read the following information. If you have any questions or queries about taking part in the study, please email the principal investigator, Ben Helliwell (email@example.com).
My name is Ben Helliwell. I am a trainee clinical psychologist and I work within the Division of Health Research at Lancaster University. I would like to invite you to take part in my research study. However, before making your decision, you need to understand why the study is being done and what it would involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully. You do not have to make the decision right away and if you have any doubts or feel unsure please take some time to think it over.
If you decide to participate and wish to enter the prize draw, I will enter you in to a raffle where you have the chance to win a £30 Amazon voucher. For this purpose, I will require your email address and you will have the opportunity to provide this at the end of the surveys. However, participation in the prize draw is completely optional.
What is the study about?
I am doing a research project to explore the role of negative childhood experiences and feelings about the self in psychosis. Psychosis is a term sometimes used to describe a range of unusual experiences such as hearing voices or believing things that others find strange. These experiences in some individuals can cause considerable emotional and psychological distress, but some people do not find these experience distressing. Therefore, I am interested in learning more about the role of childhood events and difficult emotions in the development and maintenance of psychosis.
Why am I doing this study?
In doing this research, I hope that my study will contribute to current understandings of why people have experiences that might be labelled psychosis
. I believe that this understanding will help us to find new ways of supporting people for whom such experiences become difficult; for example, by thinking of ways to improve psychological approaches, such as talking therapy.
Why have I been approached to take part?
I would like to recruit people who have experienced psychosis either in the past or at present. This might include experiences such as hearing voices, having unusual beliefs or experiencing paranoia, for example. As such, anyone who has experienced psychosis is eligible to take part, regardless of whether they had difficult experiences in childhood or not. Therefore, if you have experienced psychosis but did not have negative experiences during childhood, you can still take part because the study is also interested in the relationship between feelings about the self and psychosis generally.
Do I have to take part?
No. It is completely up to you to decide whether or not to take part.
Participation in the study is entirely voluntary and you would be able to withdraw at any time. You do not have to give any reasons if you decide not to take part or if you decide to discontinue after beginning the online survey.
What will I be asked to do if I take part?
If you do decide to take part, you can follow the link below. This will re- direct you to the online surveys. You will then be asked to complete a set of surveys. I expect that the surveys will take around 30 minutes to complete but should certainly take no longer than 40 minutes in total.
Will my data be identifiable?
No. Any information that you provide through completion of the surveys will be completely anonymous and you will not be able to be identified by it.
If you would like to be contacted via email with a summary of the study’s findings upon its completion, or if you would like to be entered into the prize draw, then you will be required to provide your email address. However, this will be kept separately from your responses to the surveys to ensure that your data is not identifiable. Nevertheless, this does mean that your participation would not be confidential but that your data will remain anonymous.
The data collected for this study will be stored securely and only the principal investigator, and two research supervisors, will have access to the data.
The data will be stored on a computer and the computer itself will be password protected.
The data will be stored securely on the Lancaster University network for up to a maximum of 15 years. Any personal data (e.g. email address) will be kept separately from your survey responses.
Any contact details provided (i.e. email address) will be deleted once the study has been completed, research summary document disseminated and prize draw results finalised.
Are there any risks?
Given the nature of the research topic (i.e. adverse childhood events, feelings towards the self and psychosis) it is possible that you may find the experience of taking part upsetting in some way. With this in mind, I have included a list of relevant support organisations (see below) that you may wish to contact if you feel distressed, either upon completion of the study or in the future.
Are there any benefits to taking part?
Upon completion of the surveys you will be offered the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a £30 Amazon voucher. I also hope that your involvement in the study will be an experience that you find both interesting and worthwhile. Furthermore, it is an opportunity to take part in research which aims to help develop current understandings of psychosis with a view to improving services and treatment approaches in this area going forward.
Who has reviewed the project?
This study has been reviewed by the Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Ethics Committee, and approved by the University Research Ethics Committee at Lancaster University.
Where can I obtain further information about the study if I need it?
If you have any questions about the study, please contact me:
Trainee Clinical Psychologist Division of Health Research Lancaster University
Tel: 07508 406276
Alternatively, you can contact the following individuals who are supervising the research project:
Dr Jane Simpson
Director of Education Division of Health Research Lancaster University
Tel: 01524 592858
Dr Filippo Varese
Section of Clinical & Health Psychology School of Psychological Sciences Manchester University
Tel: 0161 306 0434
If you wish to make a complaint or raise concerns about any aspect of this study and do not want to speak to the research team, you can contact:
Professor Bruce Hollingsworth
Head of Division of Health Research Division of Health Research Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YG
Tel: (01524) 594154
If you wish to speak to someone outside of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme or Division of Health Research, you may also contact:
Professor Roger Pickup
Associate Dean for Research Faculty of Health and Medicine
(Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences) Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YG
Tel: 01524 593746
Resources in the event of distress
Should you feel distressed either as a result of taking part in this research, or in the future, the following resources may be of assistance:
Mental health charity offering information on a range of topics including: types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments, advocacy.They will look for details of help and support in your own area. Contact details: 0300 123 3393 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to listen to anything that is upsetting you, including intrusive thoughts and difficult thoughts of suicide and self-harm. Their national free-phone number is 116 123, or you can email email@example.com
. You can also visit the website: www.samaritans.org
offers emotional support and information from 6pm– 11pm, 365 days a year. Their national number is 0300 304 7000.
Switchboard, the LGBT+ helpline.
If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, Switchboard
is available from 10am–11pm, 365 days a year, to listen to any problems you're having. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+. Their national number is 0300 330 0630, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you've been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, we can help you find the strength to deal with what you've been through. Our services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened. See more at: www.victimsupport.org.uk
or call: 0845 303 0900. Available weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 9am to 7pm, bank holidays 9am to 5pm.
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us on the phone on 0800 1111, or for more information visit www.childline.org.uk
Thank you for taking the time to read this information