INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS
The study is approved by King's College London Psychiatry, Nursing & Midwifery Research Ethics Subcommittee. REC Reference Number: HR-16/17-4677. YOU CAN PRINT OFF THIS INFORMATION SHEET

What is the purpose of this study?
This study is developing a new questionnaire to assess childhood experiences relating to gender experiences, including about preferences or characteristics that do not conform to stereotypical gender expectations and experiences relating to gender identity. We are developing a more in-depth assessment than previous questionnaires to get a better understanding of these kinds of childhood experiences. We will use this questionnaire to investigate how different aspects of such childhood experiences relate to each other, and if these experiences vary across adults with different characteristics such as sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or mental health problems. We need adults from a wide range of backgrounds and with different experiences to take part, including people with or without any experience of issues relating to their gender identity. It should take you approximately 30 minutes to complete this questionnaire.

Do I have to take part?
Taking part in this study is optional. You can stop at any time by closing the web browser if you change your mind after starting the survey. Data analysis will take place in more than one stage, the first of which is likely to be at the end of June 2018. 

What will happen to me if I take part?
Taking part involves completing an online survey. You will be asked to complete questions from our new questionnaires as well as questions about other childhood experiences and things about you, such as your age and whether or not you have experienced a mental health problem. We have to ask some questions that are similar to each other, to check that our new questionnaires are good enough and to work out which are the best items to use. So some of the items may seem to asking similar things but in slightly different ways.

What are the possible benefits and risks of taking part?
Completing the study is not likely to provide any direct benefit to you as an individual. Some of the questions relate to sensitive issues such as difficult childhood experiences, including abuse or feeling distressed about one’s gender. You are not asked to provide any details – the questions simply have multiple-choice response options. You may also choose not to answer certain questions if you would prefer not to. Thinking about these issues may be upsetting. Information sources of support is provided below, at the end of the survey and on the pages that ask about particularly difficult issues. You can also choose to stop doing the survey if you are feeling upset.
Will my taking part be kept confidential?
Participation in this study is anonymous. All responses are confidential, and you cannot be personally identified. The exception would be if you choose to provide an email address at the end of the study, because you wish to take part in the follow-up study. In this case the email address that you will provide will be stored with your responses to the questionnaire. This information will only be available to a small research team (full confidentiality applies).

What will happen to the results of the study?
The results of this study will be written up in the form of a dissertation by students at King’s College London. The findings will also be written up for publication in a scientific journal. They may be presented at a scientific conference.

Who should I contact for further information?
If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please contact the lead researcher: Dr Katharine Rimes, Katharine.Rimes@kcl.ac.uk; Dept. of Psychology, Henry Wellcome Building, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF. Telephone 0207 848 0033.

What if I have further questions, or if something goes wrong?
If this study has harmed you in any way or if you wish to make a complaint about the conduct of the study you can contact King's College London using the details below for further advice and information: The Chair, Joint Schools Research Ethics Sub-Committee for the Institute of Psychiatry and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery (PNM RESC). rec@kcl.ac.uk

Thank you for reading this information and for considering taking part in this research.
Sources of support This information will be provided again at the end of the Survey.
We are not able to provide support in relation to issues mentioned in the online survey, and any comments that you have added to this survey are not checked regularly. If you are experiencing distress and would like support, please contact a health professional, or a friend or family member or you may find online resources helpful such as the following:

UK Support
The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal: http://www.samaritans.org/ telephone 116 123 (UK) or email jo@samaritans.org
NHS choices provides information about health conditions, treatments and services: http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx
Sources of support relating to stress, anxiety and depression: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/mental-health-helplines.aspx
Rape Crisis: https://rapecrisis.org.uk/
Victim Support: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

US Support
National Suicide Support Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
RAINN (Rape, abuse and incest network) has information for survivors of sexual assault: https://www.rainn.org/
Information about violence against women: https://www.womenshealth.gov/violence-against-women/
National Domestic Violence hotline: http://www.thehotline.org/help/

Canadian Support
Canadian Mental Health Association - education and resources for local support: https://cmha.ca
Crisis service Canada - Suicide prevention and support: call 1-833-456-4566 or chat, text at http://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help line - toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-855-242-3310
Mental health resources by province/territory: http://www.ctvnews.ca/mental-health-in-canada-where-to-get-help-1.704877

Self-help advice
Self-help guide for survivors of rape or sexual abuse: http://solacewomensaid.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/NLRC-Self-Help-Guide.pdf
Self-help advice about how to cope with psychological difficulties such as depression or anxiety, using cognitive behavioural therapy methods: https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/ and http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/consumers.cfm

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