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Participant information leaflet

Investigating the influence of gender and sexuality on body image and disordered eating among sexual minority women

Principal Investigator(s) and Co-Investigator(s)

Maria Pachowicz
School of Psychology,
Áras an Phiarsaigh,
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
Email: pachowim@tcd.ie

Dr. Elizabeth Nixon
School of Psychology,
Áras an Phiarsaigh,
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1896 2867
Email: enixon@tcd.ie

Data Controllers

Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

Data Protection Officer

Data Protection Officer
Secretary’s Office
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are being invited to take part in a research study conducted by Maria Pachowicz at Trinity College Dublin, under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Nixon.

The purpose of the research is to investigate body image and disordered eating among sexual minority women. Specifically, we wish to compare the two factors across sexual orientations and investigate how they are influenced by sexual objectification, internalized homophobia, and connectedness to the LGBT+ community. We are seeking to recruit female-aligned, non-heterosexual participants over the age of 18.

Before you decide whether or not you wish to take part, please read this information sheet carefully. Contact the Investigator if you have any questions. Do not feel rushed or under pressure to make a quick decision. You should understand the risks and benefits of taking part in this study so that you can make a decision that is right for you. You may wish to discuss it with your family, friends, or GP.

This leaflet has four main parts:

Part 1 – The Study
Part 2 – Data Protection
Part 3 – Costs, Funding and Approval
Part 4 – Further Information


Part 1 - The Study

Why is this study being done?

The study is being conducted in order to gain a better understanding of the mental health of sexual minority women. In particular, the aim is to examine the potential factors contributing to the body image of and disordered eating behaviours among non-heterosexual women.

Why have I been invited to take part?

You may be eligible to participate in the study. We are seeking to recruit a minimum of 100 participants. In order to take part, you must be a female-aligned, non-heterosexual individual over the age of 18.

How will the study be carried out?

The study will be conducted online, on your own device, at your own pace. You will be required to provide a small amount of demographic information. Afterwards, you will be asked to complete an internet-based task and answer some questions about your experiences of sexual objectification, your involvement with the LGBT+ community, your feelings about your body, and your eating habits. All relevant instructions will be provided to you throughout the study. Note that the computer-based task can only be completed on a PC; mobile devices will not suffice.

What will happen to me if I decide to take part?

Once you click “Click this button to start survey”, you will be redirected to the study. The first section of the study will ask you to specify your age, gender, and sexual orientation.

The second section of the study will consist of a seven-stage computer-based task. During each stage, you will be presented with a number of words or images falling into either two (stage one and two) or four (stage three to seven) different categories. You will be asked to categorize these by pressing one of two buttons on your keyboard. It is important that you are as quick and accurate as possible. More detailed instructions will be provided to you throughout the task.

In the third and final section of the study, you will be presented with five sets of statements and asked to rank them on a numerical scale (either 1 to 5 or 1 to 7), on the basis of how much they apply to you. Once again, more specific instructions will be provided throughout.

Once you complete all sections of the study and submit your responses, you will be directed to a debrief form. This will provide you with more details regarding the research as well as contain some references where you can find further information on the general topic. In the event that you find any aspects of the study distressing, the debrief form will also contain a list of organizations where you can get support.

In whole, the completion of the study is expected to take max. 40 minutes.

Do I have to take part? Can I withdraw?

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Your decision to not participate will not have any negative consequences to you. You can change your mind about taking part in the study and opt out at any time before its completion. To withdraw from the study simply close your internet browser. Your data will then no longer be used in the research. You do not have to give a reason for not taking part or for opting out. However, due to the anonymous status of your data, it will not be possible to trace the information you have provided back to you. As such, it will not be possible to withdraw your data once you have completed the study.

What happens if I change my mind?

You can change your mind at any time throughout any study without any consequences. To withdraw from the study simply close your internet browser. Your data will then no longer be used in the research.

What will happen to my samples and data?

Your anonymous data will be pooled into a file containing data from all other participants. It will then be analysed for certain trends and relationships using a statistical package. Following analysis, results will be written up in a report which will constitute the Investigator’s undergraduate Capstone project. This will be submitted for examination in Trinity College Dublin. The report may also be submitted to relevant scientific journals and conferences. All data will be retained for a period of a years.

Are there any benefits to taking part in this research?

Taking part in this study will not directly benefit you. However, research performed with your data may help us to better understand the mental health of sexual minorities and may influence the support services provided to them as well as policy surrounding their well-being. By participating, you are helping to advance the field of psychology and mental health treatment.

Are there any risks to me or others if I take part?

No physical risks to your wellbeing are anticipated. However, due to the sensitive nature of the focus of the research, it is possible that you may find some aspects of the study upsetting or distressing. If you fear this may be the case for you, we encourage you to seek a second opinion before participating. If you decide to take part in the study anyway, you will be signposted to potential sources of support once you complete it.

Will I be told the outcome of the study? Will I be told the results of any tests or investigations performed as part of this study that relate to me?

The results of the study will not be directly communicated to you; however, they may be reported in scientific journals and discussed at scientific conferences.  No information which reveals your identity will be disclosed.

Part 2 - Data Protection

What information about me (personal data) will be used as part of this study? Will my medical records be accessed?

No personal data will be collected or recorded throughout the course of the study. All data gathered will be completely anonymous and impossible to trace back to your identity.

Part 3 – Costs, Funding and Approval

Has this study been approved by a research ethics committee?

Yes, this study has been approved by the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee at Trinity College, Dublin. Approval was granted on 04/11/2019.

Who is organising and funding this study? Will the results be used for commercial purposes?

The research is conducted as part of the Investigator’s undergraduate Capstone project at Trinity College Dublin. The Investigator is not in receipt of any payment, funding, or grants to carry out the research. The results will not be used for commercial purposes.

Is there any payment for taking part? Will it cost me anything if I agree to take part?

Participants are not paid for taking part in the study. No costs will be incurred to the participant throughout the study.


Part 4 – Further Information

Who should I contact for information or complaints?

If you have any concerns or questions, you can contact:

Principal Investigator:
Maria Pachowicz
School of Psychology,
Áras an Phiarsaigh,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
Email: pachowim@tcd.ie

Research Supervisor:
School of Psychology,
Áras an Phiarsaigh,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
Tel: +353 1896 2867
Email: enixon@tcd.ie

Data Protection Officer, Trinity College Dublin:
Data Protection Officer,
Secretary’s Office,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
Email: dataprotection@tcd.ie
Website: www.tcd.ie/privacy

Under GDPR, if you are not satisfied with how your data is being processed, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Office of the Data Protection Commission, 21 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, Ireland. Website: www.dataprotection.ie.

Will I be contacted again?

You will not be contacted following your participation in the study. No contact details will be recorded.


 

Contact information

Information about this study:

Principal Investigator:
Maria Pachowicz
School of Psychology,
Áras an Phiarsaigh,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
Email: pachowim@tcd.ie

Research Supervisor:
School of Psychology,
Áras an Phiarsaigh,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
Tel: +353 1896 2867
Email: enixon@tcd.ie


Contact email: pachowim@tcd.ie

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Consent form

There are four sections in this form. Each section contains a number of statements. You are asked to check (click) the box at the end of the form if you agree with all statements. If you do not agree with a statement, please leave the box blank. At the end of the study, you will be provided with a link to download a permanent, digital copy of the form for your own records.

The end of the form has been completed by the researcher.

Please ask the researchers any questions you may have when reading each of the statements.

Thank you for participating.  

General 

I confirm I have read and understood the Information Leaflet for the above-named study. The information has been fully explained to me and I have been able to ask questions, all of which have been answered to my satisfaction.


I understand that participation in this study is entirely voluntary. I understand that if I decide that I no longer want to take part, I can withdraw from the study only until the point at which I complete the online study and electronically submit it.


I understand that I will not be paid for taking part in this study


I know how to contact the research team if I need to.


I agree to take part in this research study having been fully informed of the risks, benefits and alternatives which are set out in full in the information leaflet which I have been provided with.

Data processing  

I give my permission for my data to be processed in line with the aims of the research study, as outlined in the information leaflet.


I understand that there are no direct benefits to me from participating in this study


I understand that results from analysis of my responses will not be given to me


I understand that I can withdraw my permission to take part in this study at any time up until my completion of the study (i.e. until I electronically submit the questionnaire). I understand that in this case, the researchers will delete all information related to me and I will be removed from the study. I understand that due to the anonymized nature of the data, once I complete and submit the study it will no longer be possible to withdraw my participation.

Retention of research samples for future research

I understand that fully anonymous data will be retained for a period of two years by the study team.

Sharing of information

I give permission for my data to be shared with the scientific community and the general public via a fully open database on the internet. I understand that my data will be fully anonymous - no personally identifying data will be shared. I understand that data shared in this way will be accessible to researchers and members of the public anywhere in the world, not just the EU. I understand that by sharing data in this way, my data might be used for other, future research projects in addition to the study I am currently participating in. Those future projects can focus on any topic and might be completely unrelated to the goals of this study. I understand that it is possible that some of the research conducted using my shared information eventually could lead to the development of new research methods, new diagnostic tests, new drugs, or other commercial products. I understand that should this occur, there is no plan to provide me, the study team, or TCD with any part of the profits generated from such products, nor will I, the study team, or TCD have any ownership rights in the products. 



To be completed by the Principal Investigator or nominee:

I, the undersigned, have taken the time to fully explain to the above participant the nature and purpose of this study in a way that they could understand. I have explained the risks and possible benefits involved. I have invited them to ask questions on any aspect of the study that concerned them.

I will provide a copy of the information leaflet and consent form to the participant with contacts of the study team.

Researcher name: Maria Pachowicz

Title and qualifications: Senior Sophister (Final Year) Psychology student

Signature: 

Date: 5/11/2019







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