Online Addictive Behaviour

Plain Language Statement- Participant Information

Please note : The project has been reviewed and approved by the College of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee of the University of Glasgow. The study has been approved by the ethics board and can be contacted at education-ethics@glasgow.ac.uk. We anticipate no risk of distress or harm from participation in this study.

Study Title
Gender differences in various components of internet addiction and the potential effect of this on cognitive function and mental health.

Names and Details of Researchers

Researcher: Hasan Mallick
Phone: 07793894156
Email: 2168236m@student.gla.ac.uk

Supervisor: Dr Leanne Auckland
Phone: 07861844944
Email: Leanne.Auckland@glasgow.ac.uk

Degree
MSc Psychological Studies

Introduction
You are being invited to take part in a study on internet addiction. Before partaking in the research, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

What is the purpose of the study?
The aim of this study is to investigate gender differences in the various components of internet addiction and the possible effect of this on cognitive abilities and mental health.

Why have I been chosen?
The participants taking part in the research are male and female adults that are over the age of 18. In this experiment around 100-150 participants will be recruited, with an approximate equal split of male and female participants.

Do I have to take part?
Your decision to take part is absolutely voluntary and you can withdraw from the study at any time. It is up to you whether you take part or not. Your decision to not participate will not affect your grades in any way. Also withdrawing from the research will not jeopardise your relationship with the researchers in any way.

What will happen to me if I take part?
If you chose to take part in the study, we will require around 15-20 minutes of your time. First you will be requested to sign a consent form and then you will be asked to fill in an online questionnaire.


Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
Any information that is collected about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. You will only be identifiable by an ID number and any information about you will have your name and address destroyed so that you cannot be recognised from it. You will not be identified in the dissertation or other written reports based on the results. All data will be destroyed upon submission of the MSc thesis.

What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results of the study will be analysed and presented in a dissertation submitted as part-fulfilment for the MSc degree in Psychological Studies. A written summary of the results will be made available to participants who request it.

Who is organising and funding the research?
This research is funded by the University of Glasgow. We anticipate no risk of distress or harm from participation in this study and all participants will be provided with an e-copy of the findings upon request.

Who has reviewed the experiment?
The project has been reviewed by the College of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee. We anticipate no risk of distress or harm from participation in this study and all participants will be provided with an e-copy of the findings upon request.

Contact for further Information
If there are any other queries or you would like to have further information, do not hesitate to contact me on 2168236m@student.gla.ac.uk or Dr Leanne Auckland, the supervisor of the research on Leanne.Auckland@glasgow.ac.uk. If you have any other concerns regarding the conduct of the research project, you can contact the College Ethics Officer Dr Margaret McCulloch at margaret.mcculloch@glasgow.ac.uk or education-ethics@glasgow.ac.uk.

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