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Thank you for considering participating in this research project. Before deciding whether to participate, it is important that you understand the reason why the research is being conducted, and what your participation will involve. Please do not hesitate to contact us if any of the information is unclear or you wish to discuss your participation in this project.

What is the purpose of the study? 

This study is concerned with understanding the importance and impact of relationships with friends, family and partners.   

What do I need to do? 

You will be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 10 - 15 minutes to complete. You will be asked some questions about yourself, followed by a series of questions about your relationship with specific people (friends / family / partner) to whom you have disclosed (where applicable). 

Do I have to take part? 

No, your participation in this research is entirely voluntary. You can withdraw from the study by contacting a member of the research team up to two weeks after completing the survey and providing your unique identifier. You should make contact via an email or a letter, and can maintain your anonymity by creating a de-identifiied email address if you wish. Contact details are given below. 

How will the research team deal with confidentiality and protect my anonymity? 

All participation is completely anonymous. Data will be held securely, with only the research team having access to this, in compliance with the British Psychological Society’s code of ethics. If you choose to withdraw your data it is possible that you may compromise your anonymity by revealing your identity to the research team, for example, by contacting us with an identifiable email address – please consider using post or phone to avoid this. 


Contact details: 

Research leads / supervisors: 

NTU Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ, UK


Student Researchers: 

Based on this information, are you happy to continue?

Dr. Craig Harper, Nottingham Trent University – 2023