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About this survey

Thank you for your interest in this survey. Please take a moment to read this information.

Lots of people enjoy going to the barber or hairdresser as much for a chat as to look good. This survey asks people about how much they actually benefit in terms of mental wellbeing. We are posting this survey on various websites, barber shops and hairdressers to find out what people think about this topic. We are also interested in whether men and women and people from different ethnic backgrounds get different things out of the haircut experience.

The survey is entirely voluntary, anonymous, and confidential. It takes about 15 minutes to complete. There are no benefits to you in taking part in this survey, though we really appreciate any time you spend in taking part.

Some of these questions might be of a sensitive nature, so please be assured that your responses are anonymous, in other words there is no way that you can be identified from filling in this questionnaire. Apart from actually telling us who you are there is no way that you can be identified just by filling in the questionnaire. If you decide to withdraw from the study you can do so at any time without any problem. Your answers won’t be submitted unless you click the ‘submit’ button at the end of the survey, so even if you start the questionnaire you can still change your mind about finishing the survey.

The overall results of the survey will be published online ( around the end of 2016. These results will be a summary of the combined scores of all the people in the survey and no individual results or identifying information will be published.

This study has been given ethical approval by the University College London, Department of Psychology Research Ethics Committee (Project ID number 4075/011). All data will be kept safe and secure in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. There are no immediate benefits to you of filling the survey, apart from knowing that you are contributing to something that may help people in the future. For ethical reasons we are taking responses only from adults (people over the age of 18).

Please discuss the information above with others if you want to, or contact me (see contact details below) if you have any questions. If you feel like talking to somebody about any of the issues in this survey you can call The Samaritans, who offer confidential emotional support. They can be emailed ( phoned, or visited (contact details here:

Contact information

Information about this study:

John Barry, PhD
Honorary Research Associate
UCL Medical School
Hampstead Campus
Pond St
London NW3 2PF

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