Participant Information Sheet

Feeling connected at school and the mental health of LGBT youths

My name is Phaedra Robinson and I am doing this research as part of my training to become a clinical psychologist at Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom.

What is the purpose of the study?

We are asking young people who think of themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, trans, or unsure to complete a short survey. We will ask questions about their school experiences, mental wellbeing, and their experiences of self-harm and/or suicidality.

We want to find out if feeling connected to school, teachers, and peers can:

  • Improve self-esteem and mood.
  • Reduce the likelihood of self-harm and suicidality of LGBT young people.
We hope that this will help to identify and promote school factors that may improve mental health for LGBT young people.

Can I take part?

We would like to invite you to take part if you:

  • Are between 13 and 16 years old.
  • Think of yourself as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, trans, or unsure (you do not need to have told anyone else about this).
  • Attend school in the UK.

Do I have to take part?

No, it's completely up to you if you take part. If you do choose to take part, you can still change your mind at any point up until you finish the survey. Once you have completed the survey, it will not be possible for us to take out your answers because they will be anonymous and so we will not know which are yours.

What will happen if I decide to take part?

At the beginning of the survey, we will ask you to give your consent to take part and to complete some information about yourself. We will then ask you to complete questionnaires about school, your self-esteem and mood, and some further questions on your experience of self-harm and suicidality. All your answers will be anonymous, and it should take around 10 minutes to complete.

How do I take part?

You can complete the survey by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

If you would rather have a paper copy of the study, please contact the principal researcher, Phaedra Robinson, on p.robinson@lancaster.ac.uk and provide an address. A copy of the study materials will be sent to you along with a stamped addressed envelope for you to return the materials once they are completed.

Will my data be confidential?

All of your responses will be completely anonymised, meaning that nobody will have access to any personal information that identifies you. If you provide information about yourself that tells the researcher who you are, and tell them something that raises concerns of safety, this information may be shared with someone who can help to ensure that everyone is kept safe. This may involve forwarding your details to health or emergency services. Where possible and safe to do so, you will be told of the decision to pass on the information.

The responses will be stored on a password protected, secure platform and Lancaster University will store the electronic survey data securely for up to 10 years. We will input the answers from paper surveys onto our electronic survey software and destroy the paper copies immediately.

What will happen to my data?

Everyone's responses will be added together and analysed. The results will be written up and submitted as part of a thesis within the Lancaster Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. Once the study has been reviewed, a summary report may be sent to the organisations that advertised the study and asked for a copy. We also hope that the findings will be written up into a brief paper and published in an academic journal. If published, the paper will be listed on the principal researcher's ResearchGate page where you will be able to request a copy. Again, no participants will be identifiable in the research.

Are there any risks of taking part?

There should not be any risks in taking part in this study. If you feel any distress during or after completing the questionnaires, please stop and contact someone for support. Useful organisations are listed below and can also be found at the end of the survey.

Sources of support

Childline:
Tel: 0800 1111 (Freephone)
Or contact them online for a 1 to 1 chat with a counsellor.

Samaritans:
Tel: 116 113 (Freephone)
Email: jo@samaritans.org

Stonewall:
Tel: 08000 502020

Are there any benefits?

Although we cannot guarantee any direct benefits of taking part, we hope that you will find your participation interesting and worthwhile, and it may help you to think about your experiences. You will also be helping to inform our understanding of how school factors may help to improve the mental health of LGBT young people.

Who has reviewed the project?

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Ethics Committee at Lancaster University.

Where can I obtain further information about the study if I need it?

If you have any questions about the study please contact the principal researcher:

Phaedra Robinson - Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Email: p.robinson@lancaster.ac.uk
Address: Division of Health Research
Faculty of Health and Medicine
Furness College, Lancaster University
Lancaster, LA1 4YG, UK

Complaints

If you wish to make a complaint or raise concerns about any aspect of this study and do not want to speak to the researcher, you can contact:

Pete Greasley - Teaching Fellow
Email: p.greasley@lancaster.ac.uk
Telephone: 01524 593535
Address: Division of Health Research
Faculty of Health and Medicine
Furness College, Lancaster University
Lancaster, LA1 4YG, UK

If you wish to speak to someone outside of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme, you may also contact:

Professor Roger Pickup - Associate Dean for Research
Email: r.pickup@lancaster.ac.uk
Telephone: 01524 593746
Address: Division of Biomedical and Life Science
Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University
Lancaster, LA1 4YG, UK

Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet. If you would like to take part, please click on the link below to provide consent and take the survey: