Participant Information Sheet


You are being invited to participate in a study looking at the relationship between mobile phone use and attachment. The following information explains to you what the study involves and why it is being carried out. This may help you decide if you would like to participate in this research project. If any information is unclear or if a certain aspect has not been covered feel free to ask questions before deciding if you would like to participate.

What is the purpose of the study?
This study is being carried out as part of a course. The main aim of this research is to examine mobile phone use in dangerous or inappropriate situations and how attachment may influence these behaviours. Past literature in this area has found that attachment plays a part in an individual’s behaviour towards their mobile phones (Konok et al, 2016). Other research has suggested that this may be because people see their mobile phones as extensions of themselves as they are able to communicate and broadcast their thoughts through the device (Belk, 2013). Another study has also examined individual’s behaviour towards their mobile phone when driving and how it relates to attachment. It was reported that attachment style played a part in if people would answer their mobile phones whilst driving (Bodford et al, 2017).

Why have I been invited?
You have been invited to take part in this research because we are recruiting participants over the age of 18 within the general population.

Do I have to take part?
The study is voluntary and it is your decision if you would like to participate in this research. This sheet will go through all the information you need to know to help you decide if you would like to participate.

What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be asked to consent to take part in the study by clicking ‘I agree’ or ‘I disagree’. You will then be directed to a series of questionnaires which ask you about your mobile phone use, behaviour towards your mobile phone and questions about attachment. The study should take approximately ten minutes to complete. Once you have finished the survey you will be directed to some debrief information again explaining the aims of the study and information regarding how to get in touch if you have any concerns.

 Expenses and Payment
The study does not have any real benefit to you but it does further our understanding of attachment to mobile phones and behaviours surrounding this.

What will I have to do?
If you consent to take part in the study, you will be directed to a survey that asks about your mobile phone use, the behaviour you have towards your phone, attachment and attachment style. You will then be given a debrief form again explaining the rationale behind the study. This should take no longer than ten minutes.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
There are no anticipated disadvantages or risks in taking part in this study. The questionnaires are designed to explore mobile phone use and attachment.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
There are no real benefits of taking part in this research but it does help us further our understanding of the relationship between attachment and mobile phones.


What if there is a problem?

If there is an aspect of the study that you have an issue or concern with feel free to contact the researcher Gemma Roberts (17134382@southwales.ac.uk).

If you have any further problems with the study feel free to contact the academic research supervisor Dr Martin Graff (martin.graff@southwales.ac.uk).

If you wish to take it further or have a formal complaint you can contact the university of south wales Research Governance Officer, Mr Jonathon Sinfield (Jonathon.sinfield@southwales.ac.uk).

Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

All details of the study will be kept anonymous before, during and after the study has been conducted. All data collected will be stored safely on a password protected laptop with only the researcher and academic research supervisor having access to it. After the study has been completed all data will be disposed of and compiled into a research report with all details of participants being kept anonymous.

What will happen if I don’t carry on with the study?

If you withdraw from the study whilst completing the survey all data will be automatically deleted. You are free to withdraw at any time during the completion of your survey. However, once the survey has been submitted and you have clicked finish all data will be anonymous and it may not be possible to withdraw your data from the study.

 

 

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The findings of the study will be compiled into a research report with all date remaining anonymous for participants.

 

For further information and contact details:

 

Academic Research Supervisor:                       Researcher:

Dr Martin Graff                                                 Gemma Roberts

University of South Wales                                 University of South Wales

Email: martin.graff@southwales.ac.uk               Email: 17134382@southwales.ac.uk

 

University of South Wales Research Governance Officer

Mr Jonathon Sinfield

University of South Wales

Email: jonathon.sinfield@southwales.ac.uk

* 1. I confirm that I have read and understand the information sheet dated [DATE] (version [VERSION NUMBER]) for the above study.  I have had the opportunity to consider the information, ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily.

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

* 3. I agree to my anonymised data being used in study specific reports and subsequent articles that will appear in academic journals.

* 4. I agree to take part in the above study.

* 5. I agree that I am over the age of 18

* 6. How old are you?

* 7. Gender

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