Study Information

Study Title: Investigating the concept of ‘home’ and its effect on well-being.

What is the purpose of the study?

The aim of the study is to investigate the concept of ‘home’ and its effect on well-being. Therefore, you have been asked to participate in a psychological study in order to investigate your own individual concepts of home and how this may affect both your subjective and mental well-being.

Why have I been approached?

You have been approached to take part in this study as you fulfil the criteria needed: (i) you are above the age of 18.

Do I have to take part?

No, the study is fully voluntary. You have the right to withdraw from the study at any time within 2 weeks of completion. You are also able to cease participation in the study at any point. If you choose to exercise this right then all data acquired will be either electronically deleted or physically destroyed.

What will happen to me if I take part?

If you take part in the study you will be required to give information on your age and gender. You will then be asked to write a short statement about your own personal concept of ‘home’, bearing in mind this may not necessarily be where you currently reside. You will then be asked to complete three questionnaires, (i) The Psychological Qualities of Home Scale (Wilkie, Tan & O’Lynn, 2013), (ii) The Warwick – Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale, (iii) Office for National Statistics Measuring Subjective Well-being. The study should take up to 40 minutes, with each questionnaire taking no longer than 5 to10 minutes to complete.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There are no known risks or disadvantages of taking part in this study, however if you do feel negatively affected by the study please feel free to either inform the researcher at the time, or contact Stephanie Wilkie (supervisor) or Etta Evans (Chair Person of the University of Sunderland Research Ethics Committee).

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

The benefits of taking part in the study include your contribution to help build and gain knowledge within this area of research. You may also gain knowledge of how psychological research is carried out, which may benefit you in any future studies you wish to conduct.

What if something goes wrong?

It is not anticipated that anything could go wrong during the study, but if you do feel affected by any of its components please contact Stephanie Wilkie (supervisor) or Etta Evans (Chair Person of the University of Sunderland Research Ethics Committee). In the event that a session has to be cancelled by either party, contact should be made via email as soon as possible to inform the other party of the circumstances. A rearrangement will then be made for another session on an agreed upon date.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

Yes. Once your consent form has been completed your assigned participant number will be used as a reference to your data set and for all other data collection (short statement and three questionnaires). All data will be stored on both of the researcher’s personal devices in password protected electronic documents and deleted if you were to exercise your right to withdraw, or after the audit period of one year. Any hard copies of data will be safely filed, stored and kept on the researcher’s person.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results from the study will be written up and used in a final project report. It is also possible that the results from the study may be presented at academic conferences and/or submitted for academic applications, publications or journals if it is of significant interest. It is also possible that completely anonymised data from this project may be used for teaching purposes. All data acquired for the study, along with your consent form, will be stored for up to one year for audit purposes, then destroyed after this time.

Who is organising and funding the research?

The research is organised by Eva Giorgia Firth and Joel Michael Warkcup, who are final year undergraduate students at the University of Sunderland, Department of Psychology. This project is not externally funded.

Who has reviewed the study?

A departmental subcommittee of the University of Sunderland Research Ethics Committee has reviewed and approved the study. The study will be conducted following ethics guidelines outlined by the British Psychological Society.

Contact for further information

Eva Giorgia Firth (email: bg48bc@student.sunderland.ac.uk)

Joel Michael Warkcup (email: bg33tt@student.sunderland.ac.uk)

Stephanie Wilkie
Email: Stephanie.wilkie@sunderland.ac.uk
Phone: 0191 515 2601

Dr Etta Evans (Chairperson of the University of Sunderland Research Ethics Committee)
Email: etta.evans@sunderland.ac.uk
Phone: 0191 515 2624

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