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Participant Information Sheet

Title of Project: Does positive affect explain the link between emotional
intelligence and coping in adults?
Invitation
We would like to invite you to take part in a research project. Before you decide
whether to take part it is important that you understand why the research is being done
and what it will involve. Please take time to read this carefully and ask the researcher if
you have any questions.
What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to explore whether our feelings and how we understand and manage
emotions is linked to the way in which we cope.
Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because you are over the age of 18, and therefore an
adult. We are hoping to recruit at least 200 adult participants for this study.
Do I have to take part?
No. It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take part in this study. If you
would like to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form. You can decide to
withdraw from the study at any point up to four weeks after your participation by
emailing the researcher and quoting your participant number.
What will happen to me if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part you will be asked to:
Answer a series of online questionnaires which will ask you about how you typically
feel, how you understand and process emotions and cope with stressors
It is estimated that it will take around 45 minutes to complete depending on the speed
at which you work through the questions
Are there any disadvantages risks to taking part?
As participants have the option to complete the study off campus it is important
to consider support. Students can access free confidential care from the
University of Worcester counselling service, who can be contacted at
counselling@worc.ac.uk or by dialling 01905 855417, or can contact the
researcher using the email below.
The length of the study may prove tiring; please complete at your leisure, take
breaks as required and then return to the questions when ready.

If you wish to withdraw at any point, this is absolutely fine. If you abandon the
study half way through and do not complete it within four weeks, your data will
not be used. If you decide to withdraw after completion, you have up to four
weeks to contact the researcher and have your information removed.
You may request your scores by emailing the researcher with your participant
ID. These can be set against the average results for the participant group as a
whole if you would like to see where you fit into the study.
What will happen to the results of the research study?
The findings of this study will be reported as part of an MSc Psychology dissertation
and may also be published in academic journals or at conferences. Personal
identifiable information will not be taken as the study is anonymous. The data will be
securely stored in a password protected computer which only the researcher will have
access to. Anonymous data may be used for further research purposes.
Who is organising the research?
This research has been approved by the University of Worcester, Institute of Health Ethics
Committee.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information

If you decide to take part of you have any questions, concerns or complaints about this study
please contact the researcher using the information below.

Student researcher
Natasha Rae-Dean
raen1_13@uni.worc.ac.uk

Supervisor
Dr. Sarah Davis
sarah.davis@worc.ac.uk

If you would like to speak to an independent person who is not a member of the
research team, please contact John-Paul Wilson at the University of Worcester, using
the following details:
John-Paul Wilson
Research Manager
Graduate Research School
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Worcester WR2 6AJ
01905 542196
j.wilson@worc.ac.uk
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