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Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Training Programme School of Psychology, NUI, Galway

(Please note this is not an official form of the School of Psychology, NUI, Galway)

Information Sheet  

1    Title of Project A Study on Attachment, Adverse Childhood Experience, Dissociation, Emotions and Wellbeing in People with Migraine.

2     Invitation
You are invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. This Information Sheet tells you about the purpose, risks and benefits of this research study. If you agree to take part, we will ask you to sign a Consent Form. If there is anything that you are not clear about, we will be happy to explain it to you. Please take as much time as you need to read this information. You should only consent to participate in this research study when you feel you understand what is being asked of you, and you have had enough time to think about your decision. Thank you for reading this.

3     Purpose of the Study
This study is concerned with attachment style, adverse childhood experiences, dissociation and wellbeing in participants that experience migraine. It primarily aims to investigate possible associations between attachment style, adverse childhood experiences, dissociation and wellbeing in people that experience migraine. Permission has been sought from the National University of Ireland Galway to contact people with migraine to ascertain their interest in taking part in this study.

4     Taking Part – What it Involves

Do I have to take part?
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to sign a Consent Form. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. A decision to withdraw at any time, or a decision not to take part, will not affect your rights in any way. It will also have no impact on availing of any service you may have recieved this online survey from. 

What will happen to me if I take part?
After consenting to taking part you will be asked to fill out questionnaires that cover topics relating to migraine, attachment, adverse childhood experiences, dissociation, wellbeing and demographic information. 

How long will my part in the study last?
You will only be asked to fill out these questionnaires on one occasion. This will take approximately 25-30 minutes. 

Is there anything required to take part? 
In order to take part you have to have attended a health professional in relation to migraines. Examples of realted health professionals include GPs, Nursing, Neurology, Headache Specialists, or Psychologists. 

What are the possible benefits in taking part?
There is limited direct benefit in taking part, however this research will aimed to be published in  feedback will be provided on the questionnaires if you are interested. 

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
This study includes questionnaires that measure migraine, adverse childhood experiences, attachment in general relationships, dissociation, depression, anxiety and how you manage emotions. You might feel, while you are answering it, that this survey raises difficult thoughts or feelings for you. In this case we would advise that you contact your GP and the following free services that are available: 

Ireland: The National Counselling Service (1800 670 700); AWARE (1800 80 48 48); or Samaritans (1850 609 090); Migraine Association of Ireland (1850 200 378); Chronic Pain Ireland (018047567). 

UK: Samaritans (116 123); Migraine Trust (0203 9510 150). 

Alternatively you can contact, Jonathan Egan, a member of our team on +35391492956. 

What happens at the end of the study?
When all participants have been tested (this should be within 6-8 months of your participation) the data will be anonymised, analysed and written up for publication. It could take some time for this study to be published there anonymised data will be kept securely for a maximum of five years. We would be pleased to include you on an email address list to receive publications arising from the study. Only general findings will be reported, without reference to identifiable individual results. If you wish to do so you can contact the researcher below.

What happens if I change my mind during the study?
You are entitled to change your mind about participating in this at any time without disadvantage or penalty.

Who do I contact for more information or if I have further concerns?
Iain Mays, Psychologist in Clinical Training, National University of Ireland, Galway, Email: i.mays1@nuigalway.ie

If you have any concerns about this study and wish to contact someone in confidence, you may contact: 

Dr. Jonathan Egan, Director of Clinical Practice & Deputy Director of DPscyhSc in Clinical Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway. Email: jonathan.egan@nuigalway.ie

Dr. Kiran Sarma, Research Director, D.Psych.Sc. in Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway. Email: kiran.sarma@nuigalway.ie, Phone: 091495715.