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How Does Your Personality Affect Your Relationship?

Study Title: How Does Your Personality Affect Your Relationship?


Researchers: Dr Claire Hart, Katherine Douglass, Bethany Hemsley, Alisha Jalil, Cynthia Nkani, Anna Olczykowska, Beky Ward-Hemmett


ERGO number: 54893                                                                      


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. If you are happy to participate you will be asked to give consent to take part.


What is the research about?

We are investigating how your personality affects your perceptions of various challenges and opportunities within your relationships.


Why have I been asked to participate?

You have been asked to participate because you are in a committed relationship for at least 4 months, are of at least 18 years of age and live in Great Britain.


What will happen to me if I take part?

You will complete an online questionnaire. This should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes. You will be asked questions about your background, your personality, and your relationship.


Are there any benefits in my taking part?

At the end of the questionnaire you will have the option to be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £25 Amazon vouchers.  Importantly, you will be helping to add to our scientific knowledge of committed adult relationships in modern day Great Britain.


Are there any risks involved?

You will be asked questions regarding your close relationships to others, so you may feel slight discomfort sharing this personal information. Should you feel discomfort from any of the questions asked, we suggest going to the following sites:  and



What data will be collected?

We will collect demographic information (e.g., age, gender, and relationship length), plus ask you to fill in questionnaires regarding your personality, your perceptions of threats and opportunities in your relationship, and the nature of your relationship with your partner.


At the end of the study you will be asked for an email address which we can use to contact you about the prize draw.  Your email address will be deleted after the prize draw; it will not be connected to your data.


Your data will be anonymised so that your name is not associated with any of the data you provide us, and your responses will be coded to reduce the risk of identification and will be stored on our secure networks at the University of Southampton. Data will not be shared with anyone who is not associated with the project, and the email will be deleted once the winner has been decided.



Will my participation be confidential?

Your participation and the information we collect about you during the research will be kept strictly confidential.


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. 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 to take part. If you decide you want to take part, you will need to give consent to show you have agreed and understood the study that you are about to take part in.


What happens if I change my mind?

You have the right to change your mind and withdraw at any time without giving a reason and without your participant rights being affected. You can do this by closing the tab/browser on the questionnaire page and you will not face any penalties for doing so. However, once you have submitted your final answers to the questionnaire you will be unable to withdraw this as each response is anonymously coded and cannot be removed.


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.


Where can I get more information?

If you have any questions about the study you are free to email the project supervisor, Dr Claire hart:


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 until the raffle prize has been awarded, 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.


I have read and understood the participant information about this study and agree to take part.