Participant Information

I would like to invite you to take part in a research study. Before you decide you need to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. Please take time to read the following information carefully. Ask questions if anything you read is not clear or would like more information (you will find all appropriate contact details at the end of this sheet).

Please take the time to decide whether or not to take part.

What is the purpose of this research project?
The purpose of this research project is to investigate and measure the level of stigma that occurs when considering seeking professional help for mental health issues.

The stigma associated with mental illness has been defined by Corrigan (2004, p.614) as the label of being mentally ill and the harm it brings. Corrigan (2004, p.615) also states that stigma is a cue to eliciting stereotypes, that have been formed by the general public, of a social group.

Stigma can be a barrier to seeking professional help and Reichert (2012, p.892) suggests that by exploring how stigma is communicated and its response this would benefit both the affected individuals and mental health professionals.

This study will be considering the degree to which a person’s cultural values influence their decision to seek professional help. Choi and Miller (2014, p.341) found, when measuring self-stigma in Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, that the level of self-stigma varied with each individuals cultural values. The study conducted by Choi and Miller (2014, p.348) reported that  while Asian cultural values resulted in a diminished willingness to seek counselling due to public stigma, European American cultural values showed an increased willingness to seek counselling.

It is up to you to decide whether to take part in this study. We will describe the study and go through the information sheet, which we will give to you. We will then ask you to sign a consent form to show you agreed to take part. You are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason.

What will happen to me if I take part?
Taking part in this study should not take longer than 30 minutes from beginning to end.

You will be required to complete a demographic sheet and two questionnaires, which are the Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help-Short Form (ATSPPH_SF) and the Self Stigma of Seeking Help (SSOSH) scale.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
As this study explores the stigma surrounding mental health issues, you may feel affected or be experiencing mental health issues yourself. If this occurs you may withdraw at any time and are advised to contact you GP or one of the mental health organisations provided at the end of this information sheet.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
We cannot promise the study will help you but the information we get from the study will help to increase the understanding of self-reported stigma.

What if there is a problem?
If you have a concern about any aspect of this study you should ask to speak to the researchers who will do their best to answer your questions. You can contact one of the following:

Researcher: Yazmin Currie Email: 14035634@students.southwales.ac.uk
Supervisor: Dr Philip Tyson Email: philip.tyson@southwales.ac.uk 

If you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally you can do this through the university websites http://unilife.southwales.ac.uk/pages/3273-complaints

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