Page 1: Participant Information

Project Title: Extremist Mindset, Moral Disengagement and Personality

Researcher: Zara Janjua (Zara.Janjua@nottingham.ac.uk)

Supervisor: Vince Egan (Vincent.Egan@nottingham.ac.uk)

Ethics Reference Number: 288- 1803

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study examining polarised political viewpoints and aspects of personality. Before you begin, we would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it involves for you. 

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of the study is to investigate whether there is an association between polarised political viewpoints and aspects of personality.

Why have I been invited?

You have been invited because you are a member of the general public who has come across this study and taken an interest based on its description. Anyone over the age of 18 is invited to take part in this study, as it is important to look at this information in all types of people.

Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. And you may change your mind about being involved at any time, or decline to answer a particular question. You are free to withdraw at any point before or during the study without giving a reason. 

What will I be asked to do?

If you choose to take part, you will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires, and asked to answer them as honestly as possible.

Will the research be of any personal benefit to me?

If you take part, the research will be able to contribute to fields of forensic psychology, and may provide important information, specifically in relation to understanding if there are associations between polarised political viewpoints and aspects of personality.

What will happen to the information I provide? 

Once your questionnaire is submitted it will be anonymised in line with Data Protection Legislation,  This will maintain confidentiality and prevent you (and others) from being directly or indirectly identified through e.g., your work location or demographic information.

Whilst we will take steps to ensure that your online questionnaire is gathered and retained securely using a secure website, which only I and my supervisor have access to, it remains a possibility that these security measures can be breached by hackers. A further limitation of Internet based research is that your anonymity may be compromised if you complete the questionnaire within a public space in view of others. For example, if you decide to use a computer within an organisation (e.g., work) that monitors computer use, your responses may not be entirely confidential. Consequently, you may wish to take additional measures to maintain confidentiality whilst in the process of completing the questionnaire.

Note that the responses from your questionnaire along with that of others will later be uploaded from the secure website and analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Access to this statistical database will be password protected and accessible only to me and my supervisor (Vince Egan). At the end of the project your raw data alongside that of other people involved in the research will be retained securely (password protected) and electronically by the University of Nottingham for 7 years before being destroyed.

Access to this statistical database will be password protected and accessible only to me and my supervisor (Vince Egan).

At the end of the project your raw data alongside that of other people involved in the research will be retained securely (password protected) and electronically by the University of Nottingham for 7 years before being destroyed in line with University data handling policy). 

What will you do with the data?

The data will contribute to the researcher’s doctoral thesis. The results of the study may be published in scientific journals and presented at scientific conferences. The data will be reported anonymously, with any identifying information removed. If you would like a summary of the results, you can contact the researcher using the email address above.

What if there is a problem?

If you have any queries or complaints, please contact the student’s supervisor (Dr Vincent Egan, Vincent.egan@nottingham.ac.uk) in the first instance. If you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally, you can do this by contacting the FMHS Research Ethics Committee Administrator, c/o The University of Nottingham, Faculty PVC Office, B Floor, Medical School, Queen’s Medical Centre Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham, NG7 2UH. E-mail: FMHS- ResearchEthics@nottingham.ac.uk.

We believe there are no known risks associated with this research study; however, as with any online activity the risk of a breach is always possible. We will do everything possible to ensure your answers in this study will remain anonymous.