Volunteer Information sheet
Personality and Counselling
As part of my Final Year Project in the University of Limerick, I am carrying out a study on personality and access to support services, such as counselling. This information sheet will tell you what the study is about.
What is the study about?
The study aims to find out if the type of personality you have tells us anything about how likely you are to access support services, such as counselling. We are also interested in the types of emotions you feel, such as how much anxiety you feel in every-day life.
What will I have to do?
If you decide to participate, you would be required to complete a short questionnaire, which measure attitudes towards seeking psychological help, perceived stigma levels attached to seeking help, your personality, whether you have used a counselling service before and your anxiety levels. Data collected from these questionnaires are used for educational purposes, they are not for diagnostic purposes.What are the benefits?
The findings of the study aim to help us understand if people with different personality traits have a different relationship to counselling.
What are the risks?
You might decide that you don’t want to answer a question. If this happens, you do not have to answer any question you do not wish to. Just move onto the next question.
What if I do not want to take part?
Participation in this study is voluntary and you can choose not to take part or to stop your involvement in this study at any time.
What happens to the information?
The information that is collected will be kept private and stored securely and safely on the researchers’ computer. The computers are protected with a password. Your name will not appear on any information. The information that is gathered in the study will be kept for seven years. After this time, it will be destroyed.
Who else is taking part?
Willing volunteers recruited online.
What happens at the end of the study?
At the end of the study the information will be used to analyse the results. The information will be completely anonymous. No name appears in any of the results. All data gathered from the research will be stored securely. Information that is stored on computer will be stored by Dr Siobhán Howard on a computer that is password-protected.
What if I have more questions or do not understand something?
If you have any questions about the study you may contact either of the researchers. It is important that you feel that all your questions have been answered.
What happens if I change my mind during the study?
At any stage should you feel that you want to stop taking part in the study, you are free to stop and take no further part. There are no consequences for changing your mind about being in the study.
Contact name and contact information of Project Investigators.
Dr Siobhan Howard, Department of Psychology, University of Limerick Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graham Kenny Undergraduate Student Department of Psychology14129868@studentmail.ul.ie
This research study has received Ethics approval from the Education and Health
Sciences Research Ethics Committee (2018_02_01_).
If you have any concerns about this study and wish to contact someone independent you may contact:
Chairman Education and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee
EHS Faculty Office
University of Limerick
Tel (061) 234101