Growing from Negative Childhood Experiences

Please read all the information below before continuing with this study.


Participant Information


Study Title: Growth from negative childhood experience: Perceiving daily stress


Researcher: Megan Waterman (supervisor: Dr Kate Willoughby)

University of Southampton ERGO Ethics Approval number: 31742                                                                       


Please read this information carefully before deciding to take part in this research.  It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you are happy to participate you will be asked to sign a consent form.


What is the research about?

My name is Megan Waterman and I am carrying out this research as part of my Masters’ degree. This research will help to contribute to the growing literature surrounding posttraumatic growth arising from negative childhood experience. There is a rapidly growing body of evidence that there can be positive outcomes for those who experienced some form of poor treatment in their childhood – and I want to further explore this in relation to perception of stress in everyday life.


Why have I been asked to participate?

Anyone who is 18+ and feels they experienced some form of ill-treatment in their childhood can take part.


What will happen to me if I take part?

You will be asked to complete a series of 3 questionnaires, a short mood task, and a demographics questionnaire. This should take 30 minutes. This will all be completed online and in one sitting.


Are there any benefits in my taking part?

You will be contributing to the evidence in a positive and fast-growing area of literature. You may benefit from the additional direction to further readings given at the end of this study. By completing this study, you will also be entered into a draw to win one of two £25 cash prize.


Are there any risks involved?

This study will involve answering a short questionnaire on negative childhood experiences, which may cause some distress. However, links to further support will be provided before, during, and after, the study – as will the researcher’s contact information for any further questions. Additionally, a mood repair task will be provided to counteract for any distress arising as a result of this study. You may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty


Will my participation be confidential?

Your participation will be completely confidential and anonymised in accordance with the Data Protection Act and University policy. No identifiable information will be required at any point throughout the study. Only the researchers directly involved with this study will have access to participant data – which will be further password-protected.


What should I do if I want to take part?

If you wish to proceed with the study, then please click on the ‘next page’ button at the bottom of the screen, which will take you to the study consent form. Once you have read through the consent form, and agree with the consent statements and still wish to continue, click on the ‘tick’ button next to the consent statement at the bottom of the page – then click ‘next page’ to continue to the first page of the study.


What happens if I change my mind?

All participation is voluntary. You have the right to withdraw at any time whilst completing the study without penalty – however, please be aware that since the data is fully anonymised, participation cannot be withdrawn after the submission as we will not be able to identify your specific data.


What will happen to the results of the research?

The results of this study will be written up as part of a Masters’ dissertation. Participants can contact the researcher if they wish to receive a copy of the results. Research data will be stored for a minimum of 10 years as per the University’s policy for postgraduate research students.


Where can I get more information?

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact me (Megan Waterman) at or my supervisor (Kate Willoughby) at


What happens if something goes wrong?

If anything goes wrong with the study or you experience any distress, then please don’t hesitate to contact further support. Possible sources of support include:


Thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet and considering taking part in my research.


CONSENT (version 1.4)


Please check the tickbox if you agree with the below statements and consent to begin the study: