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Investigating the Relationship Between Creative Hobbies and Wellbeing

Study Title: Investigating the relationship between creative hobbies and wellbeing

Researcher: Rosie Heape

ERGO number: 46465

You are being invited to take part in the above research study. To help you decide whether you would like to take part or not, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please read the information below carefully and ask questions if anything is not clear or you would like more information before you decide to take part in this research.  You may like to discuss it with others but 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?

This is a student project being carried out as a requirement for a module in the third year of my BSc Psychology course. An abundance of research has shown that creative activities can have a healing effect within the clinical population. However, research investigating the effects of creative hobbies on the general population is lacking. I, Rosie Heape, want to investigate the relationship between creative hobbies and wellbeing in a general population, whilst taking the interaction of life stressors into account. Perhaps creative hobbies could be the key to improving mental wellbeing and minimising the mental strain of life stressors.


Why have I been asked to participate?

You have been asked to participate because you are over the age of 18. This study uses a self-selected sample (your participation is voluntary).


What will happen to me if I take part?

Having given consent to take part in this study, you will be asked to provide some basic demographic information. You will then be required to answer some questions about your hobbies (5 minutes). Following this, you will be asked questions about your mental wellbeing (5 mins) and any life stressors you have experienced (5 mins). Having completed the study, you will be debriefed. The whole study should take 10-20 minutes to complete.


Are there any benefits in my taking part?

There may be no direct benefit to you. If you are an undergraduate Psychology student at the University of Southampton, you can receive 3 credits for taking part.

By participating, you may help to improve our current understanding of this research area.


Are there any risks involved?

The questions in this survey may cause some psychological distress. University of Southampton students who feel distressed or concerned after the study can contact the University of Southampton’s enabling services ( Student Life (+44(0) 23 8059 8180). All participants may contact the Samaritans (116 123) for support.


What data will be collected?

Basic personal demographic information (age, gender identity, ethnicity), as well as data regarding hobbies, mental wellbeing and life stressors will be collected. All data will be collected through iSurvey.


Your data will be protected in a password protected folder on a password protected device. Contact details will not be collected.


Will my participation be confidential?

Your participation and the information we collect about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. Once data is collected, it will be kept on a password protected device at all times. Raw data will always be kept electronically.


Only members of the research team and responsible members of the University of Southampton may be given access to data about you for monitoring purposes and/or to carry out an audit of the study to ensure that the research is complying with applicable regulations. This will include both the researcher (Rosie Heape) and the supervisor (Dr Palmer-Cooper) accessing your data. Individuals from regulatory authorities (people who check that we are carrying out the study correctly) may require access to your data. All of these people have a duty to keep your information, as a research participant, strictly confidential.


Do I have to take part?

No, it is entirely up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide you want to take part, you will need to sign a consent form to show you have agreed to take part.


What happens if I change my mind?

You have the right to change your mind and withdraw at any time during the study without giving a reason and without your participant rights being affected. As this study is anonymous, data cannot be withdrawn after it has been submitted.


What will happen to the results of the research?

Your personal details will remain strictly confidential. Research findings made available in any reports or publications will not include information that can directly identify you without your specific consent.


This project will be written up by the end the academic year (June 2019). You can request a copy of the results by contacting the researcher.


Where can I get more information?

You can receive more information about the study by contacting the researcher (Rosie Heape) at


What happens if there is a problem?

If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, you should speak to the researchers who will do their best to answer your questions.

If you remain unhappy or have a complaint about any aspect of this study, please contact the University of Southampton Research Integrity and Governance Manager (023 8059 5058,


Data Protection Privacy Notice

The University of Southampton conducts research to the highest standards of research integrity. As a publicly-funded organisation, the University has to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information about people who have agreed to take part in research.  This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use information about you in the ways needed, and for the purposes specified, to conduct and complete the research project. Under data protection law, ‘Personal data’ means any information that relates to and is capable of identifying a living individual. The University’s data protection policy governing the use of personal data by the University can be found on its website (


This Participant Information Sheet tells you what data will be collected for this project and whether this includes any personal data. Please ask the research team if you have any questions or are unclear what data is being collected about you.


Our privacy notice for research participants provides more information on how the University of Southampton collects and uses your personal data when you take part in one of our research projects and can be found at


Any personal data we collect in this study will be used only for the purposes of carrying out our research and will be handled according to the University’s policies in line with data protection law. If any personal data is used from which you can be identified directly, it will not be disclosed to anyone else without your consent unless the University of Southampton is required by law to disclose it.


Data protection law requires us to have a valid legal reason (‘lawful basis’) to process and use your Personal data. The lawful basis for processing personal information in this research study is for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest. Personal data collected for research will not be used for any other purpose.


For the purposes of data protection law, the University of Southampton is the ‘Data Controller’ for this study, which means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. The University of Southampton will keep identifiable information about you for 1 year after the study has finished after which time any link between you and your information will be removed.


To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personal data necessary to achieve our research study objectives. Your data protection rights – such as to access, change, or transfer such information - may be limited, however, in order for the research output to be reliable and accurate. The University will not do anything with your personal data that you would not reasonably expect.


If you have any questions about how your personal data is used, or wish to exercise any of your rights, please consult the University’s data protection webpage ( where you can make a request using our online form. If you need further assistance, please contact the University’s Data Protection Officer (


Thank you.

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