Background information 

Outline of the research 

This study aims to understand the impact a sibling who has an eating disorder has on a healthy sibling. The study looks to see whether there is a relationship between depression scores, the overall relationship siblings have (positive or negative), level of sense of coherence and the overall impact an eating disorder has on a healthy sibling.

 Who is the researcher? 

Name: Kelly Simpson, Supervised by Jane McCagh

Institution: Liverpool Hope University


Contact details: Kelly Simpson
                            Jane McCagh

What will my participation in the research involve?

Participants will be required to complete four questionnaires. A sibling relationship questionnaire, a sense of coherence questionnaire, a depression questionnaire and finally an eating disorder symptom impact scale. The 4 questionnaires should take around 30-40 minutes to complete in total.

 Will there be any benefits to me to taking part?

The research surrounding the impact an eating disorder has on siblings specifically is very limited. This research will therefore contribute to understanding the impact an eating disorder specifically has on a sibling. 

 Will there be any risks to me in taking part?

The questions being asked are in relation to eating disorders, which is a sensitive topic. If at any point the questions make you, the participant, feel uncomfortable you can stop answering the questions and withdraw from the study. If you feel that you would rather not answer any questions then you do not have to and you can discontinue with the study as it is your right as a participant to refuse participation.


What happens if I decide that I don’t want to take part during the actual research study, or decide that the information given should not be used?

Participants do not have to take part in this study. If participants chose to decide to take part and the questions make them feel uncomfortable they can stop taking part at any point during the study. Furthermore, if participants complete the study then feel that they would not like their data to be used they should contact the researcher on the email, with the last 5 digits they gave for their phone number and this piece of data will be destroyed. 


How will you ensure that my contribution is anonymous?

The data that is published will not be able to be traced back to you, no names or addresses will be published in the research paper. Participants will provide the researcher with a 5 digit number rather than their name. This number is to ensure anonymity and will only be used if participant would like to be withdrawn from the data set.  


Please note that your confidentiality and anonymity cannot be assured if, during the research, it comes to light that you are involved in illegal or harmful behaviours which I may need to disclose to the appropriate authorities.

* 1. I confirm that i have read and understand the information sheet for the above research project and have had the opportunity to ask questions.

* 2. I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time, without giving any reason.

* 3. I agree to take part in this research project and for the anonymised data to be used as the researcher sees fit, including publication