Summary of study:
This study aims to look at levels of self-compassion experienced by clinical psychologists and what factors may predict these levels. It will ask questions related to self-compassion, social connectedness, stress, general health and demographics.
Why is this research being conducted?
Given previous research and the levels of stress identified within clinical psychology practitioners along with the well-evidenced benefits of self-compassion for good psychological wellbeing, it seems valuable to understand what the levels of self-compassion are within this group and what factors may influence/predict them. It is hoped that the findings of this research will provide evidence to promote beneficial self-care strategies and have significance for both personal and professional development (PPD) teaching and UK DClinPsych teaching.
Why have I been invited?
You have been invited as you are a qualified clinical psychologist currently working within the National Health Service (NHS) and along with trainee clinical psychologists, form part of the
What will be involved?
You will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires, all of which are answered by selecting the answer that most suits you. All responses will be anonymous however at the end of the questionnaires you will be asked to complete some questions about your basic demographics, including some questions about your previous teaching. You will also be given the opportunity to enter a free prize draw to win £80 of Amazon Vouchers and submit your interest in finding out the study results prior to publication. The questionnaires will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.
Do I have to take part?
No. Participation in this research is completely voluntary and a decision to not take part will bear no consequences to your job or role. Should you not wish to take part or begin completing the questionnaires then decide to withdraw just simply close the browser window to exit. No data provided up to this point will be saved. If you know of any other qualified clinical psychologists, currently working in the NHS, that may be interested in completing this questionnaire instead then please feel free to email them the link to access it.
Are there any disadvantages or risks to me?
The questions will require you to think about yourself and your typical responses to yourself. Some will also ask you how you feel currently. As a result, you may notice negative emotions you may be feeling which may lead to a temporary dip in mood. If you feel like this and would like support, there will be a contact list of organisations that can help at the end of the questionnaire. If this feeling persists and begins to interfere in your daily life, I advise that you speak to your G.P. and look together at other options available.
This study will require some of your time (up to 20-30 minutes) which will be voluntary and unpaid.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
As this research is focused solely on the experience of trainee and qualified clinical psychologists it is hoped that the findings will help us reflect as a discipline about how we feel and how we respond to our feelings. In future terms this may motivate the learning of appropriate and possibly more effective self-care practices which in turn will help both our personal and professional emotional wellbeing.
How do I give my consent to take part?
By completing the consent page that will follow. ***PLEASE ONLY CONTINUE WITH THIS QUESTIONNAIRE IF YOU ARE A QUALIFIED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST CURRENTLY WORKING WITHIN THE UK NHS***
What will happen to my responses?
Your responses will be collected anonymously and inputted into a secure database ready for data analysis. They will be written up into a clinical psychology doctoral thesis and published as a journal article. Some data may also be used in future data analysis.
If you wish to submit your email address to enter the free prize draw for £80 of Amazon vouchers or to find out the study results once the research is completed your email will be stored confidentially in separate password protected databases, away from the main study data. Following the notification of the prize draw winner and dissemination of study findings, these two databases will both be deleted.
Other information about the research:
This study has been reviewed and approved by the
Can I discuss any further questions that I have about this study?
Yes. Should you wish to ask any questions then the principal investigator is available to contact:
Trainee Clinical Psychologist Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This research is being supervised by Dr Leanne Andrews and Dr Syd Hiskey. If you would like to contact them directly, please see the contact details below:
Dr Leanne Andrews:
School of Health and Human Sciences
The University of Essex
Colchester CO4 3SQ
Tel: 01206 874466
Dr Syd Hiskey:
The King's Wood Centre
Colchester CO4 5JY
Tel: 01206 228908
Thank you for taking the time to read this research information.