Deliberate Self-Harm, Relationships and Emotional Experiences

Participant Information Sheet [02.09.2013] [Version 2.0] Ethics number: 6218

Please read this information carefully before deciding whether to take part in this research. You will need to indicate that you have understood this information before you can continue. You must also be aged over 18 to participate. By ticking the box at the bottom of this page and clicking ‘Continue’, you are consenting to participate in this survey.

What is the research about?

My name is Chloe de Haast, a Trainee Clinical Psychologist from the University of Southampton, and this study forms part of my qualification to become a Clinical Psychologist. In this study we are interested in what factors increase an individual’s risk of engaging in deliberate self-harm, and whether there are differences between males and females. We hope that this knowledge will be used to support young people at risk of deliberate self-harm.

Why have I been chosen?

There is no particular reason why you have been approached to take part in this study. We are interested in responses from a wide range of participants.

What will happen to me if I take part?

You will be asked to complete an online survey and most people complete it within approximately 10 minutes.

Are there any risks involved?

This study includes personal questions about deliberate self-harm, your emotions and relationships with others. There will be information provided at the end of the study about sources of further support; however you are advised not to take part if you find this subject matter distressing. If you would like to know more about support in managing deliberate self-harm please see, National Self-Harm Network: the lead UK charity offering support, advice and advocacy services to people affected by self-harm directly or in a care role. 

Will my participation be confidential?

All information provided will be stored securely and anonymously in accordance with the Data Protection Act. If you choose to enter the prize draw as opposed to receiving research credits, you will be asked to provide a contact email at the end of the questionnaire. This information will not be linked to questionnaire responses and will be stored on a separate database. Once data collection is complete and the winner announced, all contact information will be deleted.

What happens if I change my mind?

Your participation is voluntary and you may withdraw your participation at any time by exiting the webpage without your legal rights being affected.  

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 or have any other concerns or complaints, you may contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 4663, email

Where can I get more information?

If you have any further questions or desire a summary of the findings of this research project please contact Chloe de Haast on

Statement of Consent

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 anonymous and that published results will maintain so.

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.