Page 1: Participant Information Sheet

 

The aim of this study is to explore the personality influences on people’s mental health during Covid-19 Pandemic in June 2020 lockdown. Mental health indicators (perceived stress, resilient coping, optimism/life orientation) will be surveyed among the general population in different countries, who are above 18 years old and are experiencing or experienced the lockdown this year. This study will investigate how the lockdown has affected mental health depending on the personality type, gender, and the country of residence.  The study is being conducted by Hadeel Al-Ansari at Coventry University, for her MSc project.  You have been selected to take part in this survey because you are 18 and older (+18) and experiencing or experienced the lockdown of Covid-19 this year.  
 
Your participation in the survey is entirely voluntary, and you can opt-out at any stage by closing and exiting the browser. If you are happy to take part, please answer the following questions. You will first be introduced to a series of demographic questions (e.g., age, gender, language, and the country of residence) and you will be asked to create a personal identification code. This is to ensure that your data remains anonymous. Please make a note of this and keep it safe. We cannot identify individual responses unless you provide us with your unique code. You will then be asked about your experience of being in lockdown. After that, you will complete 5 questionnaires assessing your perceived stress, resilient coping, well-being, life orientation and your personality.
 
Your answers will help us to better understand how the lockdown has affected mental health depending on the personality type, gender and the country of residence.  The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Your answers will be treated confidentially and the information you provide will be kept anonymous in any research outputs/publications. 
 



The project has been reviewed and approved through the formal Research Ethics procedure at Coventry University. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time during the data collection process and after you have submitted your responses to the survey. Please contact the lead researcher and provide your unique personal identification code so that your data can be located and destroyed. After the data collection process is complete, all data from participants will be combined for analysis and codes will be removed. At this point, I will no longer be able to identify individual participant data and you will be unable to request that your responses are removed. To withdraw, please contact the lead researcher (contact details are provided below) and send your personal identification code (which I will ask you to create in case you wish to participate). Please also contact the Faculty Research Support Office (email: ethics.hls@coventry.ac.uk ) so that your request can be dealt with promptly in the event of the lead researcher’s absence.  You do not need to give a reason. A decision to withdraw, or not to take part, will not affect you in any way.  

 
 
Your data will be held securely in Hadeel Al-Ansari's CU OneDrive.  All data will be deleted by 01/09/2020. 
 For further information, or if you have any queries, please contact the lead researcher Hadeel Al-Ansari, e-mail: alansarh@uni.coventry.ck.uk.  If you have any concerns that cannot be resolved through the lead researcher, please contact: 
 
Dr Katherine Hall
Assistant Lecturer in Psychology (Child Development and Education) 
School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural 
Science Faculty of Health and Life Sciences  
Email: ab9795@coventry.ac.uk    

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 Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey. Your help is very much appreciated!