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Personality Assessment: Short Screening Survey

Personality Assessment Study

Information Sheet for Research Participants (Version 2, dated 05/10/2013)


Thank you for visiting this screening survey. This survey has been approved by the Ethics Committee at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK (ref- 7886).

Before deciding whether to participate, please read the following information. By ticking the box at the bottom of this page and clicking on ‘Continue’, you are consenting to participate in this survey.

 About the Study


Dr Aiden Gregg, Dr. Wing Yee Cheung,

Caroline Mcdermid, Hannah Roberts (3rd year project students)

What is the research about?

This is a social psychology research related to personality assessment

Why have I been chosen?

Anyone who is aged above 18 can take part in this study.

What will happen to me if I take part?

You’ll be asked to answer a list of questions about you self-view, your feelings and your personality.

Are there any benefits in my taking part?

You may benefit from participating because at the end you will learn about our specific research aims, as well as what scientists currently know about this area.  You will also be told where to go for more information on this area of psychology.  In addition, you will contribute to psychological science and our understanding of personality assessment. If you meet the criteria to complete the main study, you’ll receive 2 credits or £3 for taking part.

Are there any risks involved?

There are no significant risks involved in this study beyond those you would encounter in everyday life. Some of the questions you may be asked may ask you to think about personal or sensitive topics and although we have tried to ensure that the study does not cause distress some people may experience temporary feelings of negative emotion.  You may leave any questions blank that you would prefer not to answer. 

Will my participation be confidential?

All data are treated as confidential. We will link your screening data with the main study using a code you generate in the screening survey.

What happens if I change my mind?

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

What happens if something goes wrong?

In the unlikely case that something goes wrong in this study we advise you to contact the chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 4663, email 

Also, we have tried to ensure that the questions in this study do not cause any distress.  However, it is not uncommon to experience some anxieties or concerns when completing questionnaires about emotions, and support is available.  If participating in this study raises any issues for you, we recommend that you contact one of the following resources:


Where can I get more information?

If you have any questions about the study before beginning you may ask them now. At any time after participating you may contact any of the research team:

Caroline Mcdermid:

Hannah Roberts:



I have read and understood the information about this study. In consenting, I understand that my legal rights are not affected. I also understand that data collected as part of this research 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 Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 4663, email   


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