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Personality and Healthcare

Personality and Healthcare

How does your personality relate to your work?

Version 3, 18.06.2018


Thank you for visiting this study page. This study has been approved by the Ethics Committee at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK (ref- 25053).


Before deciding whether to participate, please read the following information. By ticking the box at the bottom of this page and clicking on ‘Continue’, you are consenting to participate in this survey.


About the Study


Researchers: Lauren Ingram (Trainee Clinical Psychologist), Dr Claire Hart (Lecturer in Social Psychology), Dr Tess Maguire (Clinical Psychologist) and Dr Erica Hepper (Lecturer in Social Psychology).


What is the research about?

The aim of this study from the University of Southampton is to look at different personality traits in Healthcare Professionals and how this may relate to their work.


Why have I been chosen?

Anyone who is aged above 18 can take part in this study if they are a healthcare professional currently working in a healthcare setting.


What will happen to me if I take part?

We will ask you to complete some online questionnaires about yourself and your personality. We will then ask you to read an article and some case studies regarding patients that might present to healthcare services. We will then ask you to complete some questions about these. In total this should take about 20-30 minutes.


Are there any benefits in my taking part?

You may benefit from participating because at the end you will learn about our specific research aims, as well as what scientists currently know about this area.  You will also be told where to go for more information on this area of psychology.  In addition, you will contribute to psychological science and our understanding of personality and healthcare. You have the option of entering into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.


Are there any risks involved?

There are no significant risks involved in this study beyond those you would encounter in everyday life. Some of the questions you may be asked may ask you to think about personal or sensitive topics and although we have tried to ensure that the study does not cause distress some people may experience temporary feelings of negative emotion.


Will my participation be confidential?

All data are treated as confidential. Any personal information about you will be kept separately from your responses. 


What happens if I change my mind?

Participation in this study is fully voluntary and you have the right to withdraw at any time with no penalty. However, once you have submitted your data at the end you will be unable to withdraw your data as it is stored completely anonymously.


What happens if something goes wrong?

In the unlikely case that something goes wrong in this study we advise you to contact the chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Phone: 02380 593856, email:  


Also, we have tried to ensure that the questions in this study do not cause any distress.  However, it is not uncommon to experience some anxieties or concerns when completing questionnaires about emotions, and support is available.  If participating in this study raises any issues for you, we recommend that you contact one of the following resources:


Where can I get more information?

At any time after participating you may contact the research team:

Lauren Ingram:

Dr Claire Hart:




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: 02380 593856, 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.