Research into psychological benefits of reading groups

A research student from Glasgow University is looking at the potential psychological benefits to membership of book clubs and would like to hear from you if you are willing to take part – full details below.

Student: Efstathia Karagianni

Supervisor: Dr Niamh Stack.

Degree: MSc Psychological Studies

You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information and please take whatever time you need to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

Thank you for reading this.

What is the purpose of the study?

 I am currently a student on an MSc Psychological Studies programme and this research is part of the dissertation on this programme. My focus of my dissertation is on bibliotherapy and its positive potential for good mental health. The purpose of the present study is to investigate the potential psychological benefits to membership of book clubs.

I will be completing the data collection and analysis between April and July 2012 but your participation will involve just one interview of approximately 30 mins.

You have been asked to participate because you are a member of a book-group.

Do I have to take part?

 It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.

 What will happen to me if I take part?

If you wish to participate then you can contact me at 1104466k@student.gla.ac.uk and we will agree a mutually suitable time to meet where your book group normally meets and complete the interview, which will last approximately 30 mins.  The interview will be audio-recorded for transcription purposes however if you are not comfortable with the interview being recorded you can indicate this on the consent form.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All information will be kept strictly confidential. You will be only be identified by a numerical ID and any information about you will have your name will be removed.  You will not be identified in any subsequent reports/publications.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The study will be completed by October of 2012. A copy of the dissertation including the findings will be held at the University of Glasgow. In addition a written summary of the results will be sent to you.

Who has reviewed the study?

The project has been reviewed by the College of Social Sciences Ethics Committee.

Contact for Further Information

If you need more information please contact me Efstathia Karagianni at 1104466k@student.gla.ac.uk.  If you have any concerns regarding the conduct of the research project you can contact the School Ethics Officer Mrs Irene McQueen at irene.mcqueen@glasgow.ac.uk.

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