PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET
You are being invited to take part in a research study of the effect of Twitter© on individuals’ relationships, empathy and correlates. However, before you decide it is important that you understand why the research is being carried out and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. It is important therefore, that you take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.
3. What is the purpose of the study?
This research investigates whether the use of Twitter© influences specific aspects of individual’s identity and/or abilities relating to empathy and relationships, and some of their correlates.
4. Do I have to take part?
Taking part in this research in entirely voluntary, therefore, it is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be given this information sheet to keep and be asked to sign a consent form for your participation. Furthermore, if you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.
5. What do I have to do?
If you decide to participate in this study you can request to receive a brief outline of your psychological profile drawn based on the result of the questionnaires that you complete. However, you will need to complete 2 sets of questionnaires (the current questionnaire + another one in 3 months from now). We will send you a reminder for the next questionnaire by email.
6. What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
There are no significant risks.
7. What are the possible benefits of taking part?
As a token of our appreciation for your participation in this research, after completion of the study, you can request to receive a brief outline of your relationship/psychological profile drawn based on the questionnaires you have completed. This profile may offer you greater insight into your ‘self’ and your own thinking and relationship patterns, and how they may have changed over the period of your participation in this research.
Furthermore, the information you provide in this study will help generate a greater understanding of the impact of Twitter© on identity, empathy, and relationships, and this can be of great value in several areas, such as the use of social media in higher education, health, online therapies, and more.
9. Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
All information that is collected about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. Any information that is used in the result of the study or any reports relating to this research will have your name and any other identifying information removed to ensure confidentiality and safeguard your privacy.
Your contribution to the study will therefore remain completely anonymous, and all data will be stored, analysed and reported in compliance with the Data Protection Act.
10. What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results of the study will be written up in a research report with the aim of being published in academic journals, books, and/or presented at conferences. All reports and publications arising from the study will be in such a format that no one will be able to identify you.
You can request to receive a summary of the research findings after they become available.
11. Who has reviewed the study?
This research project has been reviewed and approved by the Ethics Sub-Committee at the Middlesex University.
12. Contact for further information
If you have any questions please contact the Claudia Megele at C.Megele at mdx.ac.uk or through the following address at Middlesex University:
Middlesex University (Hendon Campus)
London NW4 4BT