Participant information
Project Title: The Effects of Paternal Absence

Participants: Male, 25 years and above, heterosexual, with absent and non- absent fathers

Dear Participant,

You are being asked to take part in a research study that aims to explore whether having an absent father in childhood has an effect on men’s further emotional development and coping skills.

If you agree to take part in this research, you will be asked to complete 4 online questionnaires that ask questions about how you tend to behave in difficult situations and how you tend to relate to others. The questionnaires will take approximately 40 minutes to fill in. This study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Newham College University Centre in London, UK. The study is conducted by B. Keleta under the supervision of Dr. A. Apetroaia and will be submitted as a part of the researcher's final undergraduate thesis for a BSc in Psychology.

Your contribution to this study is completely voluntary. You are free to withdraw your participation at any time during the study, and you may refuse to answer any specific questions with no penalty.

We will not be collecting any identifying information; therefore, your name cannot be linked with your responses and your data will remain completely anonymous. We will only be analysing group data; no individual responses will be analysed or reported. All collected data will be stored on a password-protected server and only the researchers will be able to access it. The results from this study may be submitted for publication to a scientific journal. If published, data will be destroyed 5 years after publication.

There are no foreseeable benefits to this study, other than contributing to our understanding. It is your right to withdraw your permission at any time.

If you have any questions or comments about this research project, please do not hesitate to contact the supervisor using the details below:

Dr A. Apetroaia at
or Ms Andrea McMahon, NUC Director and Chair of the NUC Research Ethics Committee at

There are no known risks to this study; however, if you would like to talk to a trained professional about any difficulties you may experience, please contact the CALM chatline between 5pm and midnight here:

or call the helpline at: (+44) 0800 58 58 58


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