Participant Information & Consent Form
Thank you so much for your interest in our research.

We are students in Dublin Business School involved in a Post Graduate Applied Psychology Programme. We are involved in a Positive Psychology Module, which requires us to design an intervention with the intention of measuring subjective increases in wellbeing. We hope you will participate in our study.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?

First, you'll need to read this information sheet and if you would still like to participate, just type your name in the box on the consent form at the end of this page.

Once that's taken care of, we'll randomly allocate you into one of three groups. We will provide you with a link to a google forms document depending on your group.

Over the duration of this study (7 day period), you will be asked to engage in one of three online exercises.

All groups will be administered two questionnaires before engaging in the activity. These are nothing to be worried about, they're simple questionnaires for us as researchers to get a baseline measure of your subjective wellbeing and dispositions for gratitude.

Depending on your group allocation, you will be asked to do one of three things.

(Group 1) The control group, you will be asked to do nothing (research participation is easy eh?).

(Group 2) You will be asked to complete the traditional 3 good things exercise, where you will note three things that went well for you during the day.

(Group 3), You will be asked to complete our modified 3 good things exercise, where you will be asked to note three good things about the aesthetics of your immediate environment.

We will send you reminder e-mail's if you are in groups 2 and 3, we're sure you won't need them, but just in case!

At the end of the week, we’ll administer the questionnaires to all three groups again, to gauge the effects of your participation.

When the study has concluded, we will send you a debriefing email to see if you've run into any trouble during your participation, or if you have any additional comments.

TIME COMMITMENT

We’ll need no more than 10 minutes of your time a day, over a seven day period.

PARTICIPANTS’ RIGHTS

You have the right to withdraw from participation at any stage.

You have the right to further information regarding any part of the research process.

You have the right to partial anonymity, only the researchers and our supervisor will know who you are.

Your privacy is important to us, your data will be stored in a secure manor.

You have the right to contact our supervisor and/or department head at any stage.

BENEFITS AND RISKS

We do have some exclusion criteria for participants.

N.B : Unfortunately given our ethical restrictions you cannot participate in this study if you are under 18, if you are experiencing a mental health issue, or have recently been diagnosed with a mental health issue.

There are no known risks to this that you will not encounter in daily life. However, the 3 good things exercise has consistently provided increases to individual’s subjective wellbeing, so perhaps you may feel a little happier!

COST, REIMBURSEMENT AND COMPENSATION

Your participation in this study is voluntary.

CONFIDENTIALITY/ANONYMITY

The data we collect do not contain any personal information about you except your age, gender and where you spend the majority of your time (e.g. work, college).

No one will link the data you provided to the identifying information you supplied (e.g., name, address, email)
When your role with this project is complete, your data will be anonymised. From that time, there will be no record that links the data collected from you with any personal data from which you could be identified (e.g., your name, address, email, etc.).

Up until the point at which your data has been anonymised, you can decide not to consent to having your data included in further analyses.

Once anonymised, the data may be made available to researchers via data repositories and possibly used for novel purposes.

The study may be published in a peer reviewed journal or academic database but your personal information will not be.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Doctor Ronda Barron will be glad to answer your questions about this study at any time. You may contact her at ronda.barron@mydbs.ie

If you have questions about your rights in this research, or you have any other questions, concerns, suggestions, or complaints that you do not feel can be addressed by the researcher, please contact Dublin Business School or the Irish Psychological Society.

CONSENT FORM

By signing below, you are agreeing that: (1) you have read and understood the Participant Information Sheet, (2) questions about your participation in this study have been answered satisfactorily, (3) you are aware of the potential risks (if any), (4) you are taking part in this research study voluntarily (without coercion), (5) anonymised data only may be shared in public research repositories (6) That you are aware that you may withdraw from participation at any stage .

I am aware that participation in this study involves completion of some standardised tests, which are routinely used as preliminary screens for clinical conditions/impairments of which I might not be aware. I understand that these assessments are not sufficient for diagnostic purposes, nor will they be used in this manner in this study. I also understand that the researchers cannot inform participants of individual test scores.

Please type your name and date of signature in the box below if you have read all of the information supplied to you and would like to participate in this study :
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