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Attitudes and Emotions across the Lifespan

Information Sheet


You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether or not you wish to take part, it is important that you to understand the purpose of the research and what it involves. Please take some time to read all of the following information carefully. Do not hesitate to ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. You can also discuss it with others if you wish. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part. Thank you for reading this.


What is the purpose of this study?

Research suggests that as we get older and have different experiences, the way in which we manage our emotions may change. This study aims to explore how ageing and different life events affect the way that we respond to our emotions and emotional situations.


Why have I been chosen?

You have been asked if you would like to take part as you are aged either between the ages of 18-30, 40-55 or over 65 years of age. Anyone in these age groups is eligible to take part in the study, and we hope to recruit around 600 people.


Do I have to take part?

It is completely your choice whether you wish to take part. If you return a completed copy of the questionnaires, or if you complete these questionnaires on line, then we will take this as you providing informed consent to participate in this study. You are free to withdraw your consent to participate in the study at any time, without penalty.


What will happen if I decide to take part?

If you decide to take part you will be asked to complete a brief sheet that describes you (such as your age and gender) along with a series of questionnaires that ask about your emotions and how you cope. This should take approximately 25-30 minutes. You do not have to complete these in a single sitting if this is not possible, but we ask that you complete all questionnaires within the space of one week.


Are there any benefits in my taking part?

By taking part in this study, you will be contributing to our knowledge of how people manage their emotions throughout their life. We hope that this information will inform the development of treatments to help people who find this process difficult. If you are a University of Southampton psychology student you will also receive four research credits as part of the research participation scheme. If you complete the study you can also opt into a prize draw to win one of six vouchers (1x £50, 2x £35, 3x £25), for either Amazon or Marks and Spencers.


What if I change my mind?

If at any time you change your mind, and no longer wish to take part, you can withdraw your consent without any negative consequences.


What happens to the information I give?

Any information that you give will be kept strictly confidential, and will not be released to, or viewed by, anyone other than researchers involved in this study, though it may be used to support further research. All data will be stored in an anonymous format, and results of this study will not include your name or any other identifying characteristics.


What will happen to the results of the research?

The results of the study will be written up for publication in a psychological journal. A brief summary of the findings can be made available upon request.


Who has reviewed the study?

This study has been reviewed by the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee, University of Southampton.


Contact for further information

If you would like more information about any aspect of the study, please do not hesitate to contact Zoe McAndrews, email: or at School of Psychology, Building 44A, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ.


Finally, if you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this research, please contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, Tel: 023 80593995 or email


Thank you for taking the time to read this information.


Zoe McAndrews, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Southampton     

Dr Lusia Stopa, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton

Dr Claire Hart Lecturer in Personality/Social Psychology, University of Southampton

Dr Laura Brummer, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Ethics ID: 30855/31076