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Relating to Others


Participant Information Sheet and Confirmation of Consent (Version 4, date 29.11.20)

Study Title: Relating to others, and the impact on beliefs and behaviours

Researcher: Dr Tess Maguire, Dr Alison Bennetts and Dr Katherine Newman-Taylor

ERGO ID:  61766                                                                    

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 research is being conducted by a group of staff in the School of Psychology and is concerned with how we relate to others and the impact on our beliefs and behaviours. The data collected in the study will be used to explore whether these relationships differ between groups of people.

Why have I been asked to participate?

We are inviting any member of the general population to take part in the study. Anyone can take part in the study provided they are fluent in reading in the English language.

What will happen to me if I take part?

You will be asked to complete a set of questionnaires, including some demographic information. If you are a University of Southampton psychology student, you will be allocated credits for taking part.  All other participants will have the option to enter your email address if you wish to be entered into a prize draw.  This information will be used only for the purposes of entering you into the prize draw.

Are there any benefits in my taking part?

If you are an undergraduate student at the University of Southampton, you will receive three credits for completing the study. If you are not a student, you will have the option to enter a prize draw to win one of four £50 Amazon vouchers. Your participation will further our understanding of how we relate to others and the impact on beliefs and behaviours.

Are there any risks involved?

Some of the questionnaires ask for sensitive information, including about your mental health. It is possible that you may experience some mild psychological distress from answering them. However, the questionnaires used are well-established and have been used for psychological research on many occasions, and so we do not anticipate you will have any problems answering these. Should you experience distress from participating in the study the following services may be able to offer you support:

Furthermore, the below webistes may also be helpful:

What data will be collected?

We will collect data on demographic factors (age, gender, ethnicity etc), how you relate to others, and your beliefs and behaviours, via the online survey. Once data collection is complete, the data will be downloaded to university computers and accessed only by members of the research team.  

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.

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.

The research team will include some students (undergraduate and possibly postgraduate) in addition to the main researchers at various points throughout the study, who will also have a duty to keep information about the study confidential. All emails provided for entry into the prize draw will be retained for up to six months after the study finishes to allow time for the prize draw and contacting winners. After six months, this information will be destroyed. The main study database will be stored for up to 10 years from the study end, to facilitate analysis of the data and any secondary data analysis, subject to ethical approval for these purposes. Please see the Data Privacy notice below.

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 without giving a reason and without your participant rights being affected.  To withdraw from the study, simply close the internet browser window. Please note, no data will be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the study. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained for the purposes of achieving the objectives of the study only.

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. It is intended that the results of the study will be submitted for publication via multiple study formats. The raw, anonymised data will be retained in a database by the researchers for future studies within the University of Southampton.

Where can I get more information?

You can contact any member of the research team via the following details:

Dr Tess Maguire -

Dr Alison Bennetts –

Dr Katherine Newman-Taylor -  

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,

You can contact any member of the research team via the emails above.

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 10 years 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.

Confirmation of consent

I have read and understood the information sheet (29.11.20/version 4). I agree to take part in this research project and agree for my data to be used for the purpose of this study. I understand my participation is voluntary and I may withdraw at any time, for any reason, without my participation rights being affected.