Information for participants

Investigators: Tereza Martinovska under the supervision of Dr Maxine Swingler from the School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow

You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide to participate, please take time to read the following information, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to participate in the current study or not. If there is anything unclear or you would like more information, please, do not hesitate to contact us.

What is the purpose of the study?

Some of the potential constructs contributing to psychological well-being are mindfulness and nature connectedness. The present study seeks to explore the relationships between these constructs in detail. It also aims to further explore the motivations and experiences of urban gardeners in Glasgow and investigate any potential links between the investigated constructs, community gardening and their effect on well-being.

Who can take part?

To take part in the study you have to be over 18 years old.

What is expected of me if I take part?

In the study you will be asked to provide demographic information, fill out three questionnaires (Connectedness to Nature Scale (Mayer and Frantz, 2004), Psychological Well-being Scale (Ryff and Keyes, 1995), The Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Skills (KIMS; Baer, Smith, & Allen, 2004)) and answer a few additional and open questions about your experience as a community gardener. The estimated total time is approximately 25-35 minutes. Feel free to take your time or take breaks, however, please note that you should not close the session before you click the Submit button, as the results cannot be saved and then retrieved.

Who will have access to the data?

The collected data will be treated separately from consent forms to ensure anonymity and confidentiality. It will be stored in a safe location at the School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow and only the researchers on this study will have access to the data.

Can I withdraw from the study or not answer all questions?

Your participation in the study is entirely voluntary and at any point you can withdraw from the study (even after giving consent). You are not obliged to answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable.

 

Contact details:

a) Tereza Martinovska, e-mail: 2146784m@student.gla.ac.uk
b) Dr Maxine Swingler, e-mail: Maxine.Swingler@glasgow.ac.uk

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