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Attitudes Toward Health and Disease

Welcome to the Attitudes toward Health and Disease survey

This survey has been approved by the Psychology Ethics Committee, University of Southampton, UK (ref: 42285)

Before deciding whether to participate, please read the following information. You must indicate that you have understood this information before you can continue. Also, you must not be a legal minor – that is, you may participate if you are under the age of 18. By ticking the box at the bottom of this page, you are consenting to participate in this survey.

About the Study

I am Dr. Ken Brackstone, a researcher at the University of Southampton, UK. I am requesting your participation in an online survey, which will take approximately 10 minutes. This is a short survey designed to explore thoughts and attitudes toward infectious diseases (more specifically, the common cold). In the survey, you will be asked to read a number of statements and state for each one the extent of your agreement or disagreement. Your time and data will be used to validate a new instrument, which will be used to conduct research and improve health in the future. 

You should complete this survey when you are alone quietly at your computer and your responses cannot be overseen. Please take your time to respond to the questions thoughtfully and openly. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers, so feel free to provide completely honest responses. However, you can also leave any questions blank that you strongly would prefer not to answer. You can also stop completing the survey at any time and the data entered will not be saved. All data are treated as confidential – we will not collect any identifying information in the study. You will not be able to withdraw your data upon submission.

There are no significant risks to participation in this study. However, you are free to leave any questions blank if you wish.

If you have any questions, please contact the administrator of the survey, Dr. Ken Brackstone, at

Legal issues and Consent

Participation in this study is fully voluntary and you have the right to withdraw at any time with no penalty.

In consenting, I understand that I am not waiving any legal claims, rights, or remedies. I also understand that data collected as part of this research project 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 Psychology Ethics Committee, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Phone: +44 (0)23 80 593856, email

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