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Men's adjustment to the birth of their baby (Part 1)

INFORMATION SHEET (Version 1, 18.04.2014)


Study title: ‘Men's adjustement to the birth of their baby.’


Researcher name: Justyna Fila (Trainee Clinical Psychologist)

Study ID: 9810

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study about expectant fathers. Before you decide if you would like to participate, please take time to read the following information carefully. Please ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. If you are happy to participate please tick the box below and continue with the survey.

What is the purpose of the project?

We know that men respond to the birth of their baby differently. Therefore, we want to find out which factors help fathers adjust better to the arrival of the new family member. In order to help us do that we will ask you various questions about your experience of the birth of your baby, how you relate to other people or how you deal with difficult situations, your mood, sleep and physical symptoms.

Do I have to take part?

Your participation in the project is entirely voluntary.

What do I have to do if I agree to take part?

Today you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire which may take you up to 15-20 minutes to fill in. At the end of survey we will ask you for an email address so we can send you two further online questionnaires after your baby is born. The first email you receive will be approximately 2 weeks after your baby's due date. This questionnaire should take up to 15 minutes to fill in. We would be grateful if you could fill in this questionnaire as soon as possible after your baby is born. We will send you the final email 6 weeks after the second email. This questionnaire should take you up to 10 minutes to complete.

Will my participation be confidential?

We will use the information you give us to find out which factors are linked with better adjustment of fathers to the birth of their baby. The information we collect will also be used for a University of Southampton dissertation as part of a trainee clinical psychologist’s doctorate and we may publish the results of the study in an academic journal. However, you will not be identified in any way in reports of this study as all the data will be anonymised. The questionnaires you complete will be kept strictly confidential in a secure computer database. We won't ask for your name and we will instead use a code so that your information cannot be traced to you.

Where can I get more information?

If you have any questions please contact the researcher: Justyna Fila, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at Clinical Psychology Doctorate, Building 44a University Rd,    Southampton, SO17 1BJ, email: or on telephone number: +44 (0) 7881742411.

What if something goes wrong?

If you have questions about your rights as a participant in this research, or if you feel that you have been placed at risk, you may contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 4663, email