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Where did you learn about sex?

Participant Information Sheet (Version 1, 04/02/2017)

Study Title: Alternative Sources to Learn About Sex and Relationships
Researcher: Anna Rees
ERGO Study ID number: 25355

Please read this information carefully before deciding to take part in this research. If you are happy to participate, please indicate by ticking the box below.

What is the research about?
I am a third-year psychology student, running my final year research project. This study investigates alternative sources from which you learnt about sex and relationships. It does not ask about your own personal sexual behaviour, but there is a short knowledge questionnaire.

Why have I been chosen?
You have been chosen as you have volunteered to participate in this study.

What will happen to me if I take part?
This study is a questionnaire, and should take about 20 minutes. You will be given a set of questions for different sections, which you should answer as honestly as you can. Psychology students will get three credits for participation. Your involvement is anonymous.

Are there any benefits in my taking part?
By participating in this study, you will further the research which attempts to understand not only where young people learn about sex and relationships from, but how useful they find the various sources in adding to their knowledge. This will hopefully add to research aiming to improve sex and relationship sources of information for future generations.

Are there any risks involved?
You may feel slight embarrassment or discomfort to disclose some information about various sex and relationships sources you did learn from, or because you might feel you lack some knowledge. However, the study is anonymous and all data will be kept confidential, and where you can seek information is provided in the debrief.

Will my participation be confidential?
In compliance with the Data Protection Act and this University's policy, your information and data will be stored and remain anonymously. The data will be coded and kept on a password protected computer.

What happens if I change my mind?
If you change your mind you have the right to withdraw up to the point of submitting your answers to the questionnaire. Once you have submitted your questionnaire, you cannot withdraw your data.

What happens if something goes wrong?
In the unlikely event that something occurs or goes wrong, you may contact the chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 3856, email

Where can I get more information?
If you have any further information about this study, then you can contact myself via email:, or my supervisor Professor Roger Ingham via email:

By agreeing to participate, you are agreeing to this statement of consent:
I have read and understood the information about this study.  In consenting, I understand that my legal rights are not affected. I also understand that data collected as part of this research will be kept confidential and that published results will maintain that confidentiality. I finally understand that if I have any questions about my rights as a participant in this research, or if I feel that I have been placed at risk, I may contact the chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 3856, email

I certify that I am 18 years or older. I have read the above consent form and I give consent to participate in the above described research.