You are invited to take part in a research study examining the relationship between stigma, help-seeking and post-trauma support.
Before you make a decision, it is important for you to understand why the research is taking place, and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information sheet carefully, and discuss it with people if you so wish. Please contact the researcher if you would like more information. Take time to decide if you would like to take part .
Who is doing this research? My name is Louise Watson and I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Essex. This research is supervised by Dr. Leanne Andrews (The University of Essex).
What is the purpose of the study? This research aims to explore the relationship between post-trauma support programmes and attitudes towards mental health difficulites, perceived stigma of such difficulties and help-seeking behaviour.
One post-trauma support program offered by some UK Police Forces is the Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) program. The research proposes to explore whether there are any differences between Forces that offer TRiM with those that don’t on a number of measures. These measures include beliefs about help-seeking behaviour and mental health, general psychological wellbeing, satisfaction with post-trauma support services etc.
Who can take part?
Any Police Officer or members of Police staff (at all grades) are welcome to take part in this research. Your employing organisation does not have to offer TRiM for you to take part. You DO NOT need to have been exposed to a traumatic event to take part.
Do I have to take part?
There is no obligation to take part in this research.
What will I have to do if I agree to take part?
This research takes the form of an online questionnaire study which you can access by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. You only need to complete the questions once, but please be aware that this may take approximately 30-45 minutes so ensure that you have enough time to take part.
Please be aware that some of the questions refer to your experience of potentially traumatic events. If you feel uncomfortable recalling such information there is an option to skip these parts of the survey. However, if you have received a specific diagnosis of PTSD or any other anxiety disorder and are not sure whether you want to take part, you might like to discuss your decision to participate with your health professional or Occupational Health and Welfare department/advisors.
Will my responses be kept confidential?
All results from the survey will be kept completely anonymous, and you will not be expected to provide your name or contact details. If you would like to be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 amazon voucher however, there will be an option at the end of the survey to provide your internal email address (internal email addresses are required to ensure that you work for the right organisation). These email addresses will be stored securely and accessed only by the researcher. Once the survey has been closed a winner will be selected at random and will receive their voucher by email. After this all email addresses will be deleted.
All information will be kept securely, and your employing organisation will have no access to your individual responses.
Can I withdraw from the study after I have started to complete the survey?
You can withdraw from the study at any time before selecting the 'submit' button at the end of the survey. If you do not select the submit button, your data will be deleted. However, as this questionnaire is entirely anonymous you will be unable to withdraw once your answers have been submitted as the researcher will be unable to tell which answers belong to you.
What happens when the research study stops?
All responses will be kept completely anonymous, however will be written up by the researcher as part of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology thesis. They may also be written up for publication in an academic journal. It will not be possible to identify you in these reports.
Who has reviewed the study?
The research protocol has been reviewed by the Faculty Research Ethics Committee at the University of Essex and approved.
Will I be able to see the results of the study?
If you would like to see a summary of the results, these will be available from October 2013. You can contact Louise Watson by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for these. Individual feedback will not be possible, as the data will be stored anonymously.
Who should I contact if I want more information, or wish to make a complaint, about the study?
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