The investigation into the relationship between the drive for muscularity, disordered eating, exercise and supplement use
The following information is provided to assist you in your decision regarding your participation in the study. Please take the time to read through this information.

I am a third year undergraduate psychology student at the University of Northampton. This research is being conducted for my dissertation project. My supervisor for this project is Martin Tolley. Contact information for me and my supervisor are provided at the bottom of this.
This research study proposes to look into males and their body image, focusing on the drive for muscularity. The aim of this research study is to identify whether there is a relationship between the drive for muscularity and a number of factors. The other factors include disordered eating, exercise dependency, supplement and performance drug use and BMI.

In this study, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. There will be demographic questions to gain information for BMI and supplement and performance drug use. There are three main sections to the questionnaire measuring disordered eating, drive for muscularity and exercise dependency. These sections will be in the form of a scales, which requires you to assess how well the given statement applies to you.

The study typically takes 15 minutes to complete all sections.

As a means of ensuring confidentiality this research will be conducted in accordance with the British Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct (2009) and in compliance with the Data Protection Act (1998).
In order to maintain anonymity you will be asked to choose a participant number which will be written on all correspondence. The participant number will not contain any personal information. You and the researcher will know these numbers. The participant number will be made up using the month you were born in and the initials of your first and your last name. For example mine would be, August and Hayley Bowman = 08HB. This means you will remain anonymous and will not be able to be identified.
No personal information, such as your name, is required for this study as you will be identified by your participant number. This means that all information given is completely anonymous so it is asked that you complete the questions as honestly as you can. Only the researcher and the research supervisor will have access to the data gained which mean confidentiality will be kept throughout the study.
You have the right to refuse to answer any question without questions asked.
Your participation in this study is voluntary. If at any point you wish to withdraw from the study you have the right to do so without questions asked. You can withdraw your participant, and any data provided, up until 31st March 2014. If you wish to withdraw please contact Hayley Bowman ( with your participant number and your data will be destroyed appropriately.

Further Information

Due to the anonymity of the study any information relating to risk cannot be taken any further.
If your participation in this study raises any questions or concerns about your lifestyle choices you are encouraged to speak to your personal tutor, university counsellor or your local doctor:
Alternatively, you may find the following services helpful:
Northampton Counselling Service: Web:
Beating Eating Disorders (BEAT):

If you have any further questions about this study or would like more information on the research topic then please contact Hayley Bowman.

Contact details
Researcher: Hayley Bowman
Research Email:
Supervisor: Martin Tolley
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If you agree to take part in the study, then please continue.

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