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The Effects of Emotion Regulation on Physical and Psychological Wellbeing: The Role of Depersonalization and Attachment Style

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1     Title of ProjectThe Effects of Emotion Dysregulation on Physical and Psychological Well-Being: The Role of Depersonalization and Attachment Style


2     Invitation

This study is being conducted as part of a final year project for Psychology. This research topic is interested in how our past experiences which influence our experiences in close relationships can have a negative impact on our ability to regulate our emotions which can have negative physical and psychological consequences. This research is being supervised by Dr. Jonathan Egan within the school of psychology and is looking at the role of the defence mechanism of Depersonalization, which we believe to be a factor in the way our ability to regulate our emotions can affect our wellbeing.


3     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 Participant 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.


4     Purpose of the Study

This study is concerned with how our attachment style and our use of the defence mechanism of Depersonalization can influence our ability to control our emotions which affect our physical and psychological well-being. The study will last five months and will hope to predict that emotion dysregulation predicts physical and psychological distress due to the use of depersonalization and an insecure attachment style. You are being asked to participant as we are studying around 180 college students in NUIG. You were contacted through your undergraduate course or through word of mouth to become a participant. By participating, our results could help us understand the causes of a several physical and psychological symptoms and help develop potential treatments.


5     Taking Part – What it Involves

Participants involved in this study will be asked to complete seven questionnaires which includes a brief background information questionnaire. By participating in this study, you may experience mild distress due to the questions which ask about your levels of depression, anxiety and attachment style. A full list of support services will be provided if you feel distress following this study.


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 given this Information Sheet to keep and 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 or have any negative consequences.


What will happen to me if I take part?

You will be asked to complete seven self-report questionnaires about different aspects of your life such as your recent experiences of physical pain. I expect honest and deliberate answers for each question within these questionnaires to allow for accurate findings for the study.


How long will my part in the study last?

The participation should only last approximately 15 minutes and you will only need to participate on one occasion. The research project will last a total of 5 months but only one occasion of initial contact is necessary to participate.


What are the possible benefits in taking part?

There are no specific benefits for you in participating in this study. However, the overall goal of this research is to uncover some of the individual differences in and factors of physical and psychological distress which will give insight into potential treatments and risk factors against this distress which will be helpful.


5. What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

Upon participating in this study, you may experience mild distress when asked to report your levels of depression, anxiety and attachment style. To minimise this, a list of support services within NUIG will be provided to help support you through this recent distress and you are free to withdraw from the study at any time without any negative consequences. We will be happy to recommend any other support services that you may require if you should feel distressed.


6. What happens at the end of the study?

When all participants have been tested (this should be within 6-8 months of your participation), you will receive a summary of one or 2 pages of the main findings. While it could be up to 2 years before final results are published, we would be pleased to include you on an address list to receive publications arising from the study. Only general findings will be reported, without reference to identifiable individual results.


7. 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.


8. Who do I contact for more information or if I have further concerns?

Should you require further information or feel the need to express any further concerns, you can contact n.orourke5@nuigalway.ie. If you have any concerns about this study and wish to contact someone in confidence, you may contact: The Head of School (Dr. John Bogue), School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway at john.bogue@nuigalway.ie or 091493266.


By consenting to taking part in this study, you are confirming that:

1.    I confirm that I have read the information sheet for the above

       study and have had the opportunity to ask questions.

2.    I am satisfied that I understand the information provided and have had enough time to consider the information.

3.    I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time, without giving any reason, without

       my legal rights being affected.

4.    I am over 18 years of age.

5.    I agree to take part in the above study.