Within this Questionnaire the term deaf will be used to describe all types of hearing loss levels, unless otherwise stated.

Information Sheet

Introduction and study purpose

You are invited to take part in a study about perceived attitudes that deaf students face from hearing students. The aim of the study is to investigate if attitudes, perceived or not, influence the social exclusion, self-esteem and mental well-being of the deaf students. The study will assess whether a strong family support has any influence on the deaf students ability in overcoming any barriers that they may face. The research is being carried out by Laura Aitken at Glasgow Caledonian University under the supervision of Dr Lana Ireland. 
 
Your contribution to the study will help us to understand more about perceived attitudes and will help raise awareness of this issue and its impact on deaf individuals. It will also allow us to develop our work in this important area. Before you decide whether to take part, it is important for you to understand what participation in the study will involve for you. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please contact us at the address below if you would like more information.
 
What will I have to do if I take part?
If you are interested in taking part, you are asked to anonymously complete the questionnaire. It may take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Before you start you are asked to only continue to the next page if you consent to participate in this study.  
 
Do I have to take part?
No. It is up to you to decide whether to take part, it is completely voluntary. You can stop taking part in the study at any time, without penalty and giving a reason. 
 
What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
You might find some of the questionnaire items to be of a personnel nature for example you will be asked about your self-esteem and mental well-being. 
 
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
We can’t promise that the study will help you personally. However, the results should help our understanding of the impact that perceived attitudes have on deaf individuals.  This, in turn, is expected to be beneficial to deaf individuals themselves, creating awareness to hearing individuals but also health care professionals. 
 
What happens when the research study stops?
Written reports of the study findings will be available from the researcher. If you wish, a copy of the report can be requested from Laura Aitken at the address given at the end.
 
What if there is a problem?
If you are concerned about your participation in the study and would like to speak with someone out with the research team, please contact Dr Chris Hand, Christopher.hand@gcu.ac.uk 

What will happen to the information that you give?
All data will be anonymised as all data will be kept entirely confidential with only the researcher and research supervisor having access to the data. The data will be manually inputted into SPSS to test the hypothesis. This research will follow the ethical guidelines of British Psychological Society (2014) and Glasgow Caledonian University (2013). 
 
Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
Yes. Ethical and legal practice will be followed, and all your information will be handled in confidence.  All data will be kept securely and will be destroyed after the study has been completed.  The responses that you provide will be treated in confidence.  Your rights are protected under the Data Protection Act and any information that might identify you will not be shared outside of the research team.  No identifying information will appear in any documents or in the final report.

Who is organising and funding the research?
This research is unfunded and is being conducted to fulfil the requirement of my undergraduate empirical project. 

What will happen to the results of the research study?
The data will be analysed and will be available to the researcher and the research supervisor.  However, it will not be possible to identify any individual participant from these reports or publications.
 
Who has reviewed the study?
All research at Glasgow Caledonian University is looked at by an independent group of people, called the School of Health & Life Sciences Ethics Committee to protect your safety, rights, well-being and dignity. This study has been given ethical approval by the School of Health & Life Sciences Ethics Committee. 

Further information and contact details
You can get more information or discuss the project with the research team at: Laura Aitken, laitke204@caledonian.ac.uk and Dr Lana Ireland, lana.ireland@gcu.ac.uk.
 
What happens next?
If you decide that you are interested in participating in the study after reading this information sheet, please click next and continue the questionnaire. If you would like to find out more about the research before participating, please do not hesitate to contact. 
 
 
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