The Link between Childhood Trauma, Autism and Anorexia Nervosa

The Link between Childhood Trauma, Autism and Anorexia Nervosa

Elanor Speakman would like to invite you to take part in this research study as part of her MSc degree. Before deciding whether or not to take part, please read the following information sheet in order to understand the purpose of the study, and what involvement will be like if you do decide to participate.   

In order to take part in the study, you must be at least 18 years old.

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this study is to investigate how experiencing trauma in childhood is linked to anorexia nervosa in adulthood. This builds on previous research by considering the role of autism in this relationship. The study will consist of three questionnaires based on childhood trauma, autism and anorexia nervosa. Online data collection via Qualtrics, and physical data collection via postal order will run until March 31st 2021.

Do I have to take part?

No, it is your choice whether or not to participate. If you do decide to take part, you will be given this information sheet and be asked to provide informed consent. If you change your mind at any point during the surveys and want to remove yourself from the study, you should keep clicking “Next” to skip past the questions until you reach the page named ‘Debrief’, where the study will be explained in full. All data already provided will then be removed. Doing this will not affect your rights. Because your name is not on the sheet we use to record your responses, we will not be able to remove this information from the research project once you have finished the questionnaires.

 What will happen to me if I take part?

You will be asked to complete three questionnaires made up of sentences for you to rate on a scale of 1-5. One questionnaire will be about childhood trauma, another will ask about your eating attitudes, and the third will be an autism questionnaire. This will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. At no point will you be asked to provide your name. All information provided will be completely anonymous.

What are the possible benefits and risks of taking part?

There are no intended benefits from taking part, but the results may help the researcher in understanding anorexia nervosa. Participating is not expected to cause you any big risks, however if you do feel emotionally distressed as a result of the questions in the questionnaires, there are some useful contact details on the debrief form at the end of the study. 

Will what I say in this study be kept confidential?

Yes. Confidentiality, privacy and anonymity will be ensured in the collection, storage and publication of research material. Data from the study will be kept following the University’s policy on Academic Integrity. Only people with a genuine professional need will see your actual completed questionnaire. The information you provide will be used to write reports and may be seen publicly, but your name will never be recorded, and individual data will not be revealed. 

 What should I do if I want to take part?

If you are reading this as part of the online survey, please click the arrow at the bottom of the page to continue to the survey. Alternatively, if via post, complete the questionnaires attached and email [email protected] once completed, to organise returning them.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

Results of the research will be used in my dissertation for my Applied Clinical Psychology MSc degree. You can obtain a copy of the research by emailing [email protected] to request that it is provided to you upon completion of the study. 

Following completion of the study we will keep your anonymous answers to use for future research, including presentations and publications.  This may include sharing these answers with others doing similar research but only if we approve their request to access it; it will not be given out without this approval. You will not be identified from this; your answers will remain anonymous.

Who has reviewed the study?

The research has been ethically approved by the School of Psychology at University of Central Lancashire

Contact details for Further Information:

Student: Eleanor Speakman, [email protected]

Supervisor: Dr, Belinda Hornby, [email protected]

The Ethics office at UCLan, [email protected]

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