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Participant Information Sheet Title of Project: Does positive affect explain the link between emotional intelligence

Participant Information Sheet

Title of Project: Does positive affect explain the link between emotional intelligence and coping in adults?


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 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

Supervisor Dr. Sarah Davis

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