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The effects of childhood personality traits on parenting and disciplining styles

Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form [01/02/2013] [Version 1]

Study Title: The effects of childhood personality traits on parenting and disciplining styles

Researchers: Edgaras Makarovas (3rd year project student)

Ethics number: 5288


Please read this information carefully before deciding to take part in this research. If you are happy to participate you will be asked to tick a box at the bottom of this screen to indicate your informed consent.

What is the research about?

I am inviting you to participate in a study which aims to find the effects of childhood personality traits on parenting and disciplining styles.

Why have I been chosen?

You signed-up on Psychobook or e-mailed one of the researchers. People are invited to take part in this study if they are a native speaker/fluent in English and aged 18 or over.

What will happen to me if I take part?

You will need to complete a 30 minute online questionnaire about your childhood personality, the relationship you had with your parents and the disciplining techniques they used (ranging from positive responsive parenting styles to quite harsh hostile styles).

Are there any benefits in my taking part?

You will be given 2 course credits if you complete the questionnaire. Furthermore, you will contribute to our psychological knowledge about how childhood personality traits influence parenting practices used by their parents.

Are there any risks involved?

Remembering negative and harsh parenting and disciplining experiences might be distressing; In the event that you feel distressed or concerned, you will be provided with information on how to get help further down below on this form and in the debriefing form.

Will my participation be confidential?

Yes, the responses to the survey will be coded against an ID number. Any identifying information will be kept separately and securely from the responses to the survey.

If you are a Psychology student, I will need to ask you for your student ID number to allocate you the course credits. Once credits will be allocated, I will delete this information to keep your responses anonymous.

The personal information you give in consent forms will be kept in a password protected file on the network, to which only I have access. Your personal details will not be connected to your data.

What happens if I change my mind?

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the researcher. Your participation is voluntary and you can withdraw participation at any time without penalty; your legal rights will not be affected. If you choose not to participate there will be no consequences to your grades or your treatment as a student. If you decide to stop participating during this online session, you may simply close the web browser at any time.

What happens if something goes wrong?

If you have questions about your rights as a participant in this research, or if you feel that you have been placed at risk, you may contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Phone: 023 8059 4663.

Where can I get more information?

Please feel free to contact Edgaras Makarovas ( if you have any questions. You may print this information screen for your records.

I 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 parenting practices experienced in childhood, and support is available. If participating in this study raises any issues for you, I recommend that you contact your GP or the University Counselling Service, Nightline, on 023 8059 5236 (free from halls on (78)25236) or visit

Statement of Consent

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 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.