Information Sheet

Title of study: Examining conflict and controlling behaviour in intimate relationships: An inclusive mixed methods investigation

About the study

The aim of this research is to investigate conflict and controlling behaviours in intimate relationships. This is in order to highlight that these behaviours can happen in any relationship regardless of gender or sexuality. 

Why have you asked me to take part and what will I be required to do?

You have been asked to take part in this research project because you have been in at least one intimate relationship, you are over the age of 18, and you live in the UK. You will be requested to complete an online questionnaire. You will be asked about your experiences within your most recent relationship, and about how you and your partner resolved conflict. The questionnaire should take approximately 40 minutes. 

Are there any risks associated with participation?

It is important to acknowledge that it can be difficult to determine all potential risks at the outset of a piece of research. However, a potential risk of participation in this research is that you may become upset when thinking and talking about your experiences within a relationship. You are free to withdraw from the research at any time, and you will be signposted to appropriate organisations if you feel you need further support.

Are there any benefits associated with participation?

While there aren’t any direct benefits to participation in this research, your contribution to this research will facilitate further understanding of how people resolve relationship conflict, regardless of gender and sexuality.

What if I do not wish to take part or change my mind during the study?

You can withdraw from this study at any time without any consequences and without giving a reason for doing so. There will be opportunities to withdraw on every page and you will be sent to the debrief information. At the end of the online questionnaire you will be asked for a memorable word or number. If you wish to withdraw after you have participated, you should email the principal researcher (Philippa Laskey – Philippa.laskey@cumbria.ac.uk) within 4 weeks with your memorable word or number and your data will be removed from the study.

What if I do not wish to offer a piece of information requested by the researcher?

You have the right to decline any piece of information requested by the researcher. Please just move onto the next question.

Are there any incentives/ payments to take part in the study?

Participants will not be offered any payment or incentive for taking part in the study, your participation is entirely voluntary.

What happens to the research data?

The principal researcher (Philippa Laskey – Philippa.laskey@cumbria.ac.uk), the PhD supervisors (Dr Elizabeth Bates – Elizabeth.bates@cumbria.ac.uk and Dr Julie Taylor – Julie.taylor3@cumbria.ac.uk), and a member of the psychology technician team (Elaine Watson – elaine.watson@cumbria.ac.uk) will have access to the research data. Elaine Watson will have access for administration purposes only. Data will be stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act (2018), the General Data Protection Regulation (2018), and University of Cumbria Ethical guidelines by using a password protected USB stick and encrypted files for electronic data.

Are there any confidentiality and anonymity conditions associated with the data?

Online questionnaires are completely anonymous and confidential. You will not have to provide any personal data, or any data that can be linked directly to you.

What happens after I have participated in the study?

After you have participated in the online questionnaire you will be fully debriefed about the aim of the study and you will be signposted to appropriate organisations if you feel you need further support regarding anything that has been talked about in the study. If you wish to withdraw after you have participated you should email the principal researcher (Philippa Laskey – Philippa.laskey@cumbria.ac.uk) within 4 weeks with your memorable word or number and your data will be removed from the study.

How will the research be reported?

The researcher will initially write up the findings as part of a PhD thesis. It is also hoped that it will then be published in an academic journal and presented at conferences. A short summary of the findings can be made available by contacting the principal researcher by email (Philippa Laskey – Philippa.laskey@cumbria.ac.uk).

How can I find out more information?

To find out more information you can contact the principal researcher directly (Philippa Laskey – Philippa.laskey@cumbria.ac.uk), or if matters cannot be resolved with the principal researcher, then you can contact the PhD supervisors Dr Elizabeth Bates (Elizabeth.bates@cumbria.ac.uk) or Dr Julie Taylor (Julie.taylor3@cumbria.ac.uk).

What if I want to complain about the research?

Initially, you should contact the principal researcher directly (Philippa Laskey – Philippa.laskey@cumbria.ac.uk). However, if you are not satisfied or wish to make a more formal complaint you should contact Diane Cox, Director of the Research Office, University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster, LA1 3JD. diane.cox@cumbria.ac.uk