The link between early memory and family and interpersonal relationships later in life

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Participant information

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

Project Title: Exploring the association between early experience and family / interpersonal relationships among young people

Researcher: Gemma Chawke,
Principal investigator: Dr Shihning Chou,

Ethics Reference Number: N270217

This is an invitation to take part in a research study. 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 study aims to look at the link between early experience and family / interpersonal relationships later on in life among the current generation of young people. It is hoped that this research will help shed light into family relations and interactions in the current society.
Who is being asked to take part, and why?
Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 are being invited to take part.
What will I be asked to do?
  • If you do decide to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form.
  • You will be asked to fill in five short questionnaires during your own time. There will be questions about you, your relationship with your parents and others, and your experience of abuse or mistreatment, and you will be asked to mark the answers that fit you best. It will take you approximately 20-25 minutes to complete everything.
  • Some of the questions are about sensitive topics. If you find any of the questions upsetting, there are contact details of organisations who can support you at the end of the questionnaire.
  • If you decide to take part, you are still free to withdraw at any time during the questionnaire without needing to give a reason. A decision to withdraw at any time will not affect you in any way. You can withdraw by closing the browser window. We will be grateful if you could indicate whether you give permission for us to keep the information you had entered before that point by answering the last question on the the page and clicking on 'next'.
  • 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?
The information that the researcher gets from this study will help to give us a better understanding of young people’s relationship with parents, relationship style. For young people who struggle at home, this research will give us a better idea of how to help them.
What will happen to the information I provide?
All of the information that you provide during the research will be kept confidential and anonymous. Only your data from the questionnaires will be used when reporting the research findings. You will not be asked for your name or any other personal details, so it will not be possible for you to be linked with the data.
The UK Data Protection Act 1998 will apply to all information gathered within the questionnaires. We believe there are no known risks linked with this research study; but, as with any online related activity, the risk of a breach is always possible. We will do everything possible to make sure your answers in this study remain anonymous. We will reduce any risks by keeping all information gathered within the questionnaires on password-locked computer files so that no data can be accessed by anyone other than the researcher. All of the data will be stored for a period of 10 years before being destroyed.
What will you do with the data?
Once the project is finished, all the responses will be analysed together and the aggregated data will be used for analysis and write up in a thesis/dissertation and journal papers. The findings might be published and will be talked about in conferences in the UK. If you would like a summary of the results then you can contact the researchers using the contact details above.
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