Participant Information Sheet
Relationship behaviours, emotions and technology-based interactions
You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.
What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this study is to see if there is an association between an individual’s behaviour in romantic relationships, the way that they deal with emotions and how they interact with their partner via technology.
Why have I been chosen?
You have been chosen to take part in this study because you are over the age of 16 and are currently in a romantic relationship.
Do I have to take part?
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part, you will be asked to provide consent electronically on the next page. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw from the survey at any time by closing the survey window, and up to one month following the survey by contacting there searchers with your unique identified (see consent form).
What will happen to me if I take part?
If you decide to take part in this study, you will be asked to complete a short survey which asks about your thoughts, feelings and online behaviours. This should take no longer than 25 minutes to complete. Finally, you will be presented with a debriefing page containing information regarding the survey, information about the expected findings and the contribution you have helped make possible. Please note that some of the questions may ask about how you and a potential partner may express negative emotions towards one another – if you believe this might be upsetting for you, you are under no obligation to take part (and can of course leave the survey at any point).
What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?There are no possible disadvantages in taking part in this study.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?There are no direct benefits of taking part.
Data Protection Privacy Notice The data controller for this project will be University of the West of Scotland (UWS).The UWS Data Protection Office provides oversight of UWS activities involving the processing of personal data, and can be contacted firstname.lastname@example.org. UWS’s Data Protection Officer is Andy Connor and he can also be contacted at email@example.com
Your personal data will be processed for the purposes outlined in this notice. The legal basis that would be used to process your personal data will be the provision of your consent. You can provide your consent for the use of your personal data in this project by completing the consent form on the next page.
Your personal data will be processed so long as it is required for the research project. No identifiable data will be collected from you (e.g. name, contact details), and so your questionnaire responses cannot be linked to you and will remain anonymous throughout. The only thing linking you to your responses will be a memorable word or phrase that you create when providing consent – this will allow you to withdraw your data at any point up to 1 month following your participation, should you wish.
If you are concerned about how your personal data is being processed, please contact UWS in the first instance at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you remain unsatisfied, you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Contact details, and details of data subject rights, are available on the ICO website at: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/overview-of-the-gdpr/individuals-rights/
What will happen to the results of the research study?
Once all the data for this study has been collected, it will be analysed and findings may be written up for presentation at an academic conference or for publication in a peer reviewed journal. However, your data will remain anonymous at all times.
Who has reviewed the study?
Contact for further information
If you require any further information please contact:
Researcher: Dr. Zara Brodie
University of the West of Scotland,
High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BE, UK
Telephone: 0141 848 3756
E-mail address: Zara.Brodie@uws.ac.uk
Thank you for taking part in this study.