Participant Information Sheet and Online Consent
Research Project Title: The Effect of Disorder-Related Cognitions on Self-Esteem in Individuals with PTSD and mTBI
Researchers: Krislyn McWilliams, Lusia Stopa
You are being asked to participate in an online research study. Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. You will need to indicate that you have understood this information before you can continue. You must also be aged over 16 to participate. By clicking “Continue” at the bottom of this page, you are consenting to participate in this survey.
What is the purpose of the study?
Yes. All information collected during this study will be kept strictly confidential. The data will be stored in a secure database and will not be revealed to anyone who is not involved in this research project. Moreover, the results of the study, when made public, will not contain any information that may lead to your identification (e.g. name, address, telephone number, date of birth, or specific details about your injury that may be recognisable to a third party).
What will happen to the results of this study?
My name is Ms Krislyn McWilliams and I am a PhD student in the School of Psychology at the University of Southampton. With the aid of my supervisor, Dr Lusia Stopa, we are running an online survey in order to explore the different ways people think about themselves, physical injuries, and emotional traumas. The questionnaires in the survey will focus on mood, self-image, possible traumas, and possible injuries. We’re interested in your answers whether you have experienced a trauma or injury or whether you have not. Each of the questionnaires is brief and will only take between 5-10 minutes each.
None of the questionnaires are timed, and so the total length of the survey is dependent on you and you may go at your own pace. As a general estimate, the entire survey should take no longer than 45-60 minutes at its longest and could be considerably shorter. You may take a break but please do not shut down the window. If you shut the window your answers will be lost. However, if you wanted to start again from the beginning you can do so. Unfortunately, since we would like to keep the surveys confidential, we do not have the ability to let anyone stop, close, and return to the survey because there would be no identifying information to log you back in. We really appreciate your interest in our survey, thank you for your time in completing it, and look forward to analysing the results.
Will I benefit from taking part?
The information obtained from this study may help us to better understand how people think about themselves, injuries, and traumas. There is no direct benefit to you from taking part, although we are sincerely grateful for the time you have given us to advance our research.
What are the possible risks of taking part?
You may become upset when thinking about any traumas or injuries that you may have sustained. You will be able to stop taking part in this study at any time by simply exiting out of the webpage. If participating in this research raises any issues for you, we recommend that you contact a GP or counselling service in your area for support. For immediate online relaxation and stress management please see the following website.
No. It is up to you to decide if you wish to take part or not. Even if you do decide to take part, you are free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason by simply exiting out of the webpage. If you choose to withdraw, you will not suffer any consequences and no one will be upset or disappointed.
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Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?
Do I have to take part?
However, you will be asked to provide a four character “ nickname ” at the bottom of this page and then again later in the survey. This nickname does not need to have any meaning and can just be a mix of letters and/or numbers. However, it needs to be something that you will remember when you are prompted for it later in the survey. You may want to write it down if you are afraid of forgetting. This will not be used to identify you in any way, but will help us to keep all of your responses associated together.
A report of the study will be written. A summary of the results will be available to you should you wish to receive a copy by contacting Ms Krislyn McWilliams at
Who is organising the research?
The School of Psychology at the University of Southampton.
Who has reviewed the study?
The School of Psychology ethics committee.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the study, you can contact Ms Krislyn McWilliams:
Address: School of Psychology
Shackleton Building
University of Southampton Highfield,
Southampton SO17 1BJ
Where can I get more information?
Independent contact in case of any concern or complaint:
Chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 4663. Email:
I have read and understood the information about this study. In consenting, I understand that my legal rights are not affected. I also understand that data collected as part of this research will be kept confidential and that published results will maintain that confidentiality. I finally understand that if I have any questions about my rights as a participant in this research, or if I feel that I have been placed at risk, I may once again contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Telephone: 44 (0)23 8059 4663. Email:
I certify that I am 16 years or older. I have read the above participant information and consent statement and I give consent to participate in the above research.
University of Southampton
ERGO Number: 982