INFORMATION SHEET (ADOLESCENT)
Principal Investigator: Chloe Shu
Co-Investigators: Dr Sarah Egan, Dr Hunna Watson
What are some general things you should know about research studies?
You are invited to take part in a research study. Your parent or guardian needs to give permission for you to be in this study. You do not have to be in this study if you don’t want to, even if your parent has already given permission. You are free to choose whether or not to be in this study. You may decide not to join, or, if you join, you may decide to stop being in the study, at any time, for any reason, without penalty.
What is the purpose of this study?
Research is how we learn new things. The purpose of this study is to see if doing a program either on perfectionism or stress is helpful for your mental well-being. If you agree to participate you will be randomly allocated in to one of these programs or a control where you wait to receive one of these programs. This will be conducted via an online program that lasts for 4 weeks (8 sessions, with 2 weekly sessions). The online program will include some fun video watching, light readings, short and easy quizzes (no, you’re not graded for it!) and some simple and enjoyable hands on activities. You’ll even have a personalised progress report on how you’re doing from the start to end of program and even up to 12 months after the program ends!
Are there any criteria to participate in the study?
You are invited to participate in this study if you are/have:
2. 14 to 17 years old
3. Internet access either at home or at a location where regular use is possible (e.g. school. library)
4. Can speak and read English
5. Access to a General Practitioner who would be able to monitor your physical health
6. Body Mass Index (BMI) equal or above 17
Unfortunately, you are not suitable for the study if you are/have:
1. Currently undergoing psychological therapy
2. Current diagnosis of a clinical eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, other or unspecified feeding or eating disorders
What will happen if you take part in the study?
If you are interested in participating in the study,
1. You will sign an agreement form on the next page and your parent will sign a consent form (don’t worry, I’ll send them an email)
2. In a few days, you will be contacted by phone by Chloe Shu (that’s me!). I will be asking you some questions to see if you are suitable for the program. It’s also your chance to ask me about any questions you have.
3. If you are suitable, you will be selected for my study and you may end up in one of these three groups: an online program for perfectionism, an online program for stress management group and a control group.
4. If you are in the perfectionism program or stress management program, you can start your program immediately. There will be 8 sessions and you can log in twice a week over 4 weeks to complete your program.
5. If you are in the control group, you will be reminded to login weekly for the next 4 weeks to complete some short questions. You can choose to participate in the perfectionism or stress management program after 12 months.
6. You will be asked to complete some questionnaires before you start the intervention, at the end of the program, at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after the program.
Who will be told the things we learn about you in this study?
The information we collect about you will be kept private. Only the people working on this study will be able to look at the information we collect. It will not affect how your doctor or teacher treats you.
All records containing personal information (such as your name) that we collect will be kept strictly confidential and will be locked in a file at Curtin University for at least 25 years, where it will be accessible to others who are qualified to verify the findings. You will be given a three digit code to log onto the online programs and that will be used to identify your data. Results of this study may be presented at meetings or in publications, but your name will not be used.
However, in the event that we notice that you are actively suicidal, your parent will be informed. We will then provide your parent with information of services you can get extra help from.
How long will your part in this study last?
You are invited to login to participate in the program twice a week over a 4-week period. You will also be asked to complete some questionnaires before you start the program, at the end of the program and at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after the program ends. The questionnaires will take a maximum of 30 minutes to complete.
What are the possible risks or discomforts involved from being in this study?
Reducing perfectionism or reducing stress level may increase your quality of life and mental wellbeing. However, there is no promise that you will benefit from the program. You have the right to withdraw from the study at any time.
Alternative treatments and/or medications:
During the program and up to 12 months after the program, we encourage you to not receive other forms of therapy, for example visiting a psychologist. If you are on any antidepressant medication, we ask that you must be stable on this medication for at least three months and to agree not to alter or change the dosage for the duration of the study i.e. from the start of the program until the 12 month follow-up period. In the event that you do require alternate treatments and/or medications, we ask that you inform the researcher.
To ensure confidentiality, you will not be required to provide your name (apart from the adolescent consent form). You will be given a three digit code as your participant number, and it will be used for all questionnaires. The website for programs will be designed and hosted through Squarespace (http://www.squarespace.com). The website for programs will be password protected to limit access to participants, although there are no data collected on this website. Data collection of all questionnaires for the study will be hosted separately using the Qualtrics survey software (http://www.qualtrics.com), which is highly secured (see Qualtrics security statement http://www.qualtrics.com/security-statement/ and privacy statement http://www.qualtrics.com/privacy-statement/). Qualtrics’ servers are protected by high-end firewall systems, with vulnerability scans being conducted regularly. They also use Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption for all transmitted data. Surveys are protected with passwords and HTTP referrer checking. The data is hosted by third party data centres that are SSAE-16 SOC II certified. All data located within Qualtrics Survey Software will only be accessible by the researcher and will be password protected. At the completion of questionnaires, you will be reminded to close the browser windows.
What if you have questions about this study?
If you’d like to find out more information about this study, or if you feel that being in the study has resulted in any research related injury, emotional or physical discomfort please contact the research team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that this email service is solely to answer any queries or concerns regarding the interventions and not to be used for contact with a therapist.
What if you have questions about your rights as a research participant?
This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number HR187/2013). The Committee includes of members of the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers. Its main role is to protect participants. If needed, verification of approval can be obtained either by writing to the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee, c/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth 6845 or by telephoning 9266 9223 or by emailing email@example.com. Any complaints or concerns about the conduct of this research can also be directed there.