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INFORMATION SHEET FOR PARTICIPANTS

The study is approved by King’s College London Psychiatry, Nursing and Midwifery Research Ethics Subcommittee
(pnm@kcl.ac.uk; reference HR-15/16-3003 ).

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LGBT+ students’ beliefs and well-being


We would like to invite you to participate in this research project. You should only participate if you want to; choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in any way. Before you decide whether you want to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully. Ask us if there is anything that is unclear or if you would like more information.

 

What is the purpose of the study and who can take part?

We are looking for UK College or University students of all minority sexual orientations and gender identities (e.g. gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer, transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary etc) aged 16 and over for this study. The objective of this study is to improve our understanding of LGBT+ students’ beliefs about themselves and how such beliefs may relate to the presence or absence of symptoms of depression, anxiety or suicidality. To test our research hypotheses, we need LGBT+ students both with and without experience of mental health problems to take part. We hope that this will help us develop new ways of supporting LGBT+ students who are experiencing distress.

This study is being conducted as part of a PhD currently under completion at King’s College London.

Note, we use the term LGBT+ for its recognisability throughout the survey, however we acknowledge that there are other identities not explicitly represented by that term (for example, queer, pansexual and so on). As such, if you are a gender or sexual minority other than LGBT, for the purposes of this study please respond to LGBT+ as if it includes your identity.

 

What will taking part involve?

The study will involve 3 online surveys to be completed 1 month apart, which include questions asking about your sexuality, gender identity, age and ethnicity, your beliefs about yourself and possible symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicidality. Participation should take no longer than thirty minutes at each time point. We will need to contact you via email at each of the time points to gently remind you to complete the questionnaires. Your email address will be saved separately to your questionnaire data and only the researcher will have access to these via password-locked computer files.

What are the possible benefits and risks of taking part?

Benefits

There is no direct benefit to you in taking part in this study. The results from the present study could help inform a future intervention tailored specifically to promote psychological well-being among LGBT+ people. Therefore, your participation in this study could potentially benefit LGBT+ people who are suffering from psychological distress.

Risks

Some questions are of a personal nature, which some people may find sensitive, embarrassing or upsetting. Some questions ask you about how anxious or depressed you feel, and about suicidal thoughts or behaviours. If you are uncomfortable answering any question, please skip it or withdraw from the study at any time.

 

Do I have to take part?

Participation is voluntary. You do not have to take part. It is up to you to decide whether to take part or not. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw from the study at any time and without giving a reason. You can withdraw your questionnaire data from the study up until data analysis has been conducted.

The survey can be navigated using the “Prev” and “Next” and “Done” buttons. The “Next" button submits the page in question and moves you to the next page. The “Prev” returns you to the previous page for modification. The “Done” button submits the whole questionnaire. Pages can be navigated, modified and resubmitted up until the “Done” button has been pressed, but not after. Submission of a completed questionnaire, in itself, implies consent to participate. Partially completed questionnaires will not be analysed.

 

Will my taking part be kept confidential?

As participants are asked to take part in this study at 3 different time points we will require your email address to get in touch with you for the next parts of the study. Although you will be asked to provide your email address in order that you are sent links to the later surveys, your email address will be kept separately to your questionnaire data. Only the researchers will have access to the raw data held on password-locked computer files and only the principle researcher will be able to link your questionnaire data to your email address. It will be regarded as strictly confidential.
What will happen to the results of the study?


The findings from the data collected from this study will be disseminated in a PhD thesis, in conference presentations and through peer reviewed articles in scientific journals.

 

Who should I contact for further information?

 
If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please contact the researcher using the following contact details:

Georgina Gnan

Department of Psychology

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

King’s College London

4 Windsor Walk

London SE5 8AF

georgina.gnan@kcl.ac.uk

 

If this study has harmed you in any way or 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:

Dr Katharine Rimes, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF (katharine.rimes@kcl.ac.uk) or Dr Qazi Rahman, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT (qazi.rahman@kcl.ac.uk) .


If participation in this study has raised issues for you about distress relating to your sexual orientation or other issues, here are some ways in which you could consider getting support:

Talking to your family or friends, talking to your GP, or contacting:

LGBT Foundation: www.lgbt.foundation, 0345 330 3030 (available 10am-10pm)

Switchboard (LGBT+ helpline): 0300 330 0630 (available daily, 10am-11pm)

Samaritans: 116 123 / samaritans.org (available daily, 24 hours a day)


Accessing counselling or therapy through the NHS:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/free-therapy-or-counselling.aspx

Self-help relaxation exercises:

http://www.cope-scotland.org/index.php/sharing/listen-and-relax

Self-help resources:

http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/

 

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