Family dynamics and behavioural reactions to situations

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Participant information

Centre for Forensic & Family Psychology,
Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology
School of Medicine, University of Nottingham

Project Title: Family dynamics and behavioural reactions to situations

Researcher: Kirstie-Louise Mackay,
Supervisor: Dr Shihning Chou,

Ethics Reference Number: 30-1705

This is an invitation to take part in a research study about the link between family dynamics and our reactions to situations within the UK. This information is designed to tell you what it will involve. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the above email addresses.
Your participation is voluntary, and you may change your mind about being involved or decline to answer a particular question, and without giving a reason. You are free to withdraw (i.e. pull out) at any point before or during the study. Because this study uses anonymous questionnaires, once you have finished the questionnaire and submitted your answers, it will not be possible to withdraw the data.
What is the project about?
This research study aims to investigate whether various interactions between family members are affected by the dynamics of relationships with parents/carers.
Who is being asked to take part, and why?
Anyone in the UK over the age of 16 is allowed to volunteer to take part in the study. In order to participate you will need access to the internet, then read and answer a number of statements. We would like to collect data from participants from a range of different backgrounds.
What will I be asked to do?
The online survey consists of 5 questionnaire sections, some of which may ask questions about sensitive topics. Remember all responses are confidential and you cannot be identified in any way, however you may withdraw from the study at any time by closing the browser window without giving a reason and the data will be discarded.
It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
The first section asks you for some background details, but does not include identifying characteristics such as names or contact details.
The second to the fifth sections consist of a range of questions related to childhood family life, your relationship with family members and your behavioural reactions in certain situations. The responses will be given in a likert scale of three to five options.
If you would like to make sure that no one is able to see that you have completed this survey, then you can use private mode on your browser. Information on how to do this can be found at the following webpage:
Will the research be of any personal benefit to me?
It is unlikely the research will be of personal benefit to you, however results of the research will increase understanding of family interactions and relationship dynamics which may influence interaction behaviours. This information could be used to help strengthen and improve family interactions and dynamics of other families in the future.
What will happen to the information I provide?
To ensure the confidentiality of the data you provide in the survey only the researcher and project supervisor have access to said data. The survey tool is secure with data encrypted. Anonymity of personal data is assured, as participants’ identities are concealed by assigning responses a subject number and no identifying data such as contact information or names are recorded. Any data on the researcher’s or supervisor’s computer whilst the research is conducted will remain confidential and anonymous and will be stored in an encrypted file. A copy of anonymous data will be securely retained by the University for 7 years after the results of the study have been published, in line with the University of Nottingham Code of Research and Ethics.

We believe there are no known risks associated with this research study; however, as with any online related activity the risk of a breach is always possible.  We will do everything possible to ensure your answers in this study will remain anonymous.  We will minimize any risks by maintaining confidentiality, as recorded responses will only be identifiable through unique participant numbers and not by name, location or other identifying personal data. Furthermore the researcher and supervisor will be the only people with authorised access to the online survey and response data.

What will you do with the data?

The data collected will be analysed and subsequent findings discussed to complete a Forensic Research Project as part of MSc in Forensic and Criminological Psychology. Anonymised data may be shared with other researchers in the future and it is possible the research report may be submitted for publication to a relevant professional journal. Participants that wish to learn about the results of the study can contact the researcher from December 2017 to receive a summary of findings.

At the end of the project, all raw data will be kept securely by the University under the terms of the Data Protection Act. The data will not be kept elsewhere.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. We can be contacted before and after your participation at the above address.


If you have any queries or concerns about this study, please contact the student’s supervisor in the first instance. If this does not resolve the query to your satisfaction, please write to the Administrator to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Ethics Committee ( who will pass your query to the Chair of the Committee.
1. Have you read and understood the Participant Information? *This question is required.
2. I agree to answer a questionnaire *This question is required.
3. Do you know how to contact the researcher if you have questions about this study? *This question is required.
4. Do you understand that you are free to withdraw from the study without giving a reason? *This question is required.
5. Do you understand that for anonymous questionnaire studies, once you have completed the study and submitted your questionnaire, the data cannot be withdrawn? *This question is required.
6. Do you give permission for your data from this study to be shared with other researchers in the future provided that your anonymity is protected? *This question is required.
7. Do you understand that non-identifiable data from this study might be used in academic research reports or publications? *This question is required.
8. I am 16 or over and live in the UK.
9. I indicate that I understand what the study involves and that my answers are anonymous and my participation remains confidential.

I agree to take part and I understand that once I click ’submit’ at the end of the questionnaire it will not be possible to withdraw the data. *This question is required.