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Validating a New Questionnaire - Part 1

Validating a new Questionnaire


You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether or not you wish to take part, it is important that you to understand the purpose of the research and what it involves. Please take some time to read all of the following information carefully. Do not hesitate to contact the researcher if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. You can also discuss it with others if you wish. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.


What is the purpose of this study?

To help us better understand how people respond to emotions and emotional situations, we are developing a new questionnaire to explore how individuals manage their emotions.


Why have I been chosen?

Anyone over the age of 18 years-old who speaks English and who has not participated in other parts of this study is eligible to take part.


Do I have to take part?

It is completely your choice whether you wish to take part. If you choose to complete the questionnaire on line, please tick the box the bottom of the page to confirm your consent to take part. You are free to withdraw your consent to participate in the study at any time, without penalty.


What will happen if I decide to take part?

If you decide to take part you will be asked to complete a brief sheet that describes you (such as your age and gender) along with two further questionnaires about emotions and emotional experience. This should take approximately 15 minutes.

You will then be asked to complete some of these questions again in two weeks’ time.


Are there any benefits in my taking part?

By taking part in this study, you will be helping us to develop a new questionnaire that looks at how people manage their emotions. It is hoped that this questionnaire will support further research into emotion regulation. If you are a University of Southampton psychology student, you will get research credits for your participation.


What if I change my mind?

If at any time you change your mind, and no longer wish to take part, you can withdraw your consent without any negative consequences.


What happens to the information I give?

Any information that you give will be kept strictly confidential, and will not be released to, or viewed by, anyone other than researchers involved in this study. All data will be stored in an anonymous format, and results of this study will not include your name or any other identifying characteristics.


What will happen to the results of the research?

The results of the study will be written up for publication in a psychological journal. A brief summary of the findings can be made available upon request (please contact the researcher if you wish to receive a summary of the results).


Who has reviewed the study?

This study has been reviewed and approved by the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee, University of Southampton.


Contact for further information

If you would like more information about any aspect of the study, please do not hesitate to contact Zoe McAndrews by emailing: , or by writing to School of Psychology, Building 44A, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ.


Finally, if you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this research, please contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, Tel: 023 80593995 or email


Thank you for taking the time to read this information.


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Zoe McAndrews, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Southampton      

Dr Lusia Stopa, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton

Dr Claire Hart Lecturer in Personality/Social Psychology, University of Southampton