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Participant information sheet

 

You are being asked to take part in a research study on attitudes towards romantic pursuit behaviours. The aim of this research is to gain a deeper understanding on how variations in mating effort, personality and our social media habits might influence our attitudes towards how we interact with, establish, maintain or survey another person of romantic or sexual interest. 

To take part in this research you are required to have had in the past, or currently have a profile on both Tinder and Facebook. 

I am a Second year Postgraduate student at Nottingham University, my research is being supervised by Dr Simon Duff & Dr Vincent Egan. This research was approved by The Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology (DPAP) Ethics Committee of Nottingham University. Reference number: 226

 

 

What will happen to me if I take part?

 

In this study you will be asked to answer a series of online questionnaires. Firstly you will provide demographic details, then, if you meet the criteria for this study,you will be asked to answer a series of questionnaires related to the research topic. The study typically takes 25-30 minutes and no further contact will be required once the survey is fully complete. There are no known benefits or risks for you in this study, and it is not expected to cause you any harm or distress. Your participation in this study is voluntary, and therefore you will not receive any monetary benefits.

 

What will happen to the results of the research study?

 

The results will be written up as a part of an educational qualification authorized by The University of Nottingham. The findings may be published. If you wish to receive more information on the results of our study please leave your email at the end of the study.

 

Confidentiality

 

We believe there are no known risks associated with this research study; however, as with any online related activity the risk of a breach is always possible. We will do everything possible to ensure your answers in this study will remain anonymous. We will keep the information you provide strictly confidential, and will also assign you a participant number to ensure anonymity. Some parts of the data collected for the study will be seen by authorised persons from The University of Nottingham, but only as part of academic supervision of the analysis. All will have a duty of confidentiality to you as a research participant.

 

Your data (research data) will be kept securely for 7 years. After this time your data will be disposed of securely. During this time all precautions will be to maintain your confidentiality.

 

You may decide to stop being a part of the research study at any time without explanation. However, with anonymous internet-mediated contributions, it is not usually possible to withdraw data once submitted.

 

You can also make contact with the researcher at any point during your participation if you feel necessary. Contact information will be displayed at the end of this page and additionally at the end of the study.

 

If you have any further questions Millie Fuller will be glad to answer your questions at any time. Contact details are as follows:

 

Millie Fuller: msxmf5@nottingham.ac.uk