Warwick University researching Young Adult Carers

Young adult carers aged 18 - 25 years old, are invited to take part in a research study with Warwick University.

The primary aim of this study is to delve into acts of compassion, exploring how young adult carers respond to those in need in various situations. The scope of the study includes how carers assist strangers, friends, and family members, as well as their responses when they themselves require help.

During the study, participants will be asked to read a series of short stories online and indicate their level of agreement with statements such as “I am likely to help” or “I am likely to ask for help.” Responses will be rated on a scale of 1-7, ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree. The short stories will feature individuals in need of help, including family or friends, strangers, and the participant themselves. Each question will also include an option for “prefer not to say.”

The estimated time required for participation is approximately 20 minutes.

To learn more and take part click the button below.

This study has received approval from the Department of Psychology Research Ethics Committee at the University of Warwick.

Department of Psychology, University of Warwick
Participant Information Sheet

Title of Project: Compassion in Young Adult Carers.
Name of Researcher: Kamrin Phillips
Name of Supervisor: Dr Luke Hodson

Further information/complaints

If you have any questions about this study, or if you have a complaint about the way you have been dealt with during the study or any possible harm you might have suffered, please contact the person below, who is the supervisor of this study.

Dr Luke Hodson
Email: luke.hodson@warwick.ac.uk

Department of Psychology
University of Warwick

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter:

Participant rights
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and choosing not to take part will not affect you or your rights in any way. You can also choose to withdraw your participation at any time, without giving a reason. You have the right to not answer or respond to any question that is asked of you. If you wish to withdraw from participating in the study, please close your browser. Incomplete surveys will be discarded. Surveys, once completed and submitted, will be fully anonymous and therefore cannot be identified for withdrawal.

Benefits and risks
This research seeks to bring awareness and understanding to young carers through representing young carers in academic research. The study will be useful in understanding how different circumstances affect helping behaviours and aims to highlight the effects that caring responsibilities have on young people. More specifically, this study aims to highlight potential strengths and weaknesses that caring responsibilities have.
The study will also be useful in understanding acts of compassion, adding to our understanding of compassion in how we use it to help others.

The study involves reading short stories about someone in need of help. While these stories are not graphic, they may contain sensitive topics. The short stories feature either a stranger, a friend/family member, or the self as the character in need of help in a range of circumstances. These circumstances include medical situations that could be potentially upsetting. In all questions, there will be the option to ‘prefer not to say’, providing the opportunity for the participant to not engage with the story.

Some participants may find the materials upsetting. If you think that these materials may be upsetting for you, please do not take part.

Expenses and payments
You will receive our thanks for participating in the study.

No identifiable data will be collected from you as part of this study. This means that once your responses have been submitted, it will not be possible to withdraw this data as your responses cannot be identified nor will it be possible to link your responses to you.

What will happen to the data collected about me?

We will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study.

We will be using information from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study.
We are committed to protecting the rights of individuals in line with data protection legislation. During the data collection period, your data will be stored securely on University of Warwick servers.

The data will only be accessed by the researchers and supervisors named above and will not be shared with any other organisations. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. The University of Warwick has in place policies and procedures to keep your data safe.

Further information can be found in the University’s Privacy notice for research, here: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/idc/dataprotection/privacynotices/researchprivacynotice, or by contacting the Information and Data Compliance Team at GDPR@warwick.ac.uk.

What will happen to the results of the study?
The results of this study will be reported in the researchers’ project report. The results may also be reported in a journal publication/conference presentation. The project does not involve or report comparisons or evaluations of individuals; the results will be reported anonymously.

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