School of Psychology
Deakin University

Project Title: Examining the prevalence of Type-D personality in a healthy Australian population

Principal Researcher:
Sharon Horwood & Greg Tooley

Your Consent
You are invited to take part in this research project.  This Plain Language Statement contains detailed information about the research project. Its purpose is to explain to you as openly and clearly as possible all the procedures involved in this project so that you can make a fully informed decision whether you are going to participate.

Please read this Plain Language Statement carefully. Feel free to ask questions about any information in the document.  You may also wish to discuss the project with a relative or friend or your local health worker. Feel free to do this.

Once you understand what the project is about and if you agree to take part in it, you will be asked to give electronic consent by clicking a button labelled ‘Consent’. By clicking the ‘Consent’ button, you indicate that you understand the information and that you give your consent to participate in the research project.

You may print a copy of the Plain Language Statement and Consent Form to keep as a record.

Purpose and Background
The purpose of this project aims to develop an understanding of the potential role that personality may play in health-related behaviours and chronic illness duration.

Previous research has shown that people with chronic illnesses differ in the way that they undertake standard treatment. This may be due to a number of factors such as the financial cost of treatment, the age of the person or the invasiveness of the treatment program, however one aspect that might influence a person’s approach to treatment is their own attitudes and beliefs about their illness and their recovery. A recent proposition is that people with certain personality traits, known as Type D personality, may have a tendency to undertake poorer health-related behaviour, perceive less support from others and be less active in recovery from illness. As there has not been an investigation into the prevalence of Type D personality in an Australian population, we aim to investigate whether the rate of Type D personality in a healthy Australian population is similar to that of European countries. We are also aiming to investigate a possible relationship between Type D personality and the types of health-related activities people undertake.

You are invited to participate in this research project because you are a member of the general public.An approximate total of 500 -1000 people will participate in this project.

This study is being conducted as part of a wider research program that has been developed as part of a PhD thesis in the area of Psychology.

This research is totally funded by the Deakin University School of Psychology.

Participation in this project will involve completing a number of brief questionnaires that ask about aspects of your personality, health-related behaviours, and perceived social support. There are 64 questions or statements in total. An example of a question is:  ‘Do you feel closely attached to your friends?’.The survey should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.  

Possible Benefits
Possible benefits include an improved understanding of the factors that may contribute to health, health behaviour and illness intervention. Understanding these factors may enhance efforts to prevent or treat illness, and thus there are, potentially, both individual and collective benefits for Australians. We cannot guarantee or promise that you will receive any benefits from this project.

Possible Risks
No risk to an individual has been identified in this study. If you have any concerns regarding your wellbeing, you are encouraged to contact the principal researcher, Sharon Horwood, whose contact details are at the bottom of this Plain Language Statement. 

Privacy, Confidentiality and Disclosure of Information
Any information obtained in connection with this project will remain confidential. The information we request does not include your name, address or any other details that may be used to identify you.

In any publication, information will be provided in such a way that you cannot be identified.

Results of Project
The results of the study may be published in a scientific journal. The researchers will not be able to notify individual participants of the results due to there being no identifying information collected. Participants may contact the principle researcher for a summary of the results.

Participation is Voluntary
Participation in any research project is voluntary. If you do not wish to take part you are not obliged to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage and may do so by simply closing your web browser. Any information obtained from you to date will not be used and will be destroyed. Please note that you may only withdraw from the survey prior to submitting your answers. Your decision whether to take part or not, or to take part and then withdraw, will not affect yourrelationship with Deakin University. Before you make your decision, a member of the research team will be available to answer any questions you have about the research project. You can ask for any information you would like. Click the ‘Consent’ button only after you have had a chance to ask your questions and have received satisfactory answers.

Ethical Guidelines
This project will be carried out according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. This statement has been developed to protect the interests of people who agree to participate in human research studies.

The ethics aspects of this research project have been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of Deakin University.

If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about your rights as a research participant, then you may contact: The Manager, Office of Research Integrity, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood Victoria 3125, Telephone: 9251 7129, Facsimile: 9244 6581;

Please quote project number HEAG-H 05-2012

Reimbursement for your costs
You will not be paid for your participation in this project.

Further Information, Queries or Any Problems
If you require further information, wish to withdraw your participation or if you have any problems concerning this project (for example, any side effects), you can contact the principal researcher. The researchers responsible for this project are:

Sharon Horwood
School of Psychology
03 55633294

Consent Form

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