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Life management and Self-compassion questionnaire

Informed Consent


The purpose of this page is to provide you with information about this study so that you can make an informed choice about participating in it. This research is led by Dr Stewart Desson and Dr Tatiana Rowson. 

Dr Stewart Desson is a business psychologist and chartered fellow with the CIPD. His professional profile can be reviewed at and if you have any questions about the research you can contact him directly at  

Dr Tatiana Rowson is a Lecturer in Coaching at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. Her profile can be reviewed at and she can be contacted to discuss the research further at

Through a series of related questionnaires, this study attempts to understand the relationship between self-compassion, life management strategies, the structure of our personality and its possible links to other measures such as general health and performance at work. The research has been ethically approved by Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK.  

This questionnaire typically takes 10 - 20 minutes to complete and asks 12 questions about your general approach to work, followed by a further 24 questions that probe how you respond when you have challenges at work and a final 12 questions on your general health. If you need to exit the questionnaire but wish to return to where you left off later, please use the 'save and continue' bar at the top of the page. 

After you have completed this questionnaire, we will send you an email containing links to another questionnaire that will help us further research personality and life management strategies. This follow on questionnaire will result in you being emailed a comprehensive report based on how you manage your personality and behaviours in daily contexts. This report (that normally cost £150 ) will be sent to you free of charge via email. To receive such reports, you will need to provide your name and email address at the start of this study in the fields provided. Please use the same spelling for your name and email in subsequent surveys so we can link the data from different surveys.

At the end of the study, you will be offered an opportunity to attend a webinar to debrief you and provide you with a full description of the study outcome.

Confidentiality of the Data

For us to collate the data from the different questionnaires you will need to provide a name and email.

The questionnaire can be conducted completely anonymously by entering a made up name and made up email. However, to receive a report you will need to provide an email address where you can access the report we will email out.

Only person(s) organising the survey and collecting data from you will have access to your data. Your results will be used to generate your report and an anonymised version of the data will be used for research purposes only. Your data will be kept safe and password protected and will not be shared with external parties. This research complies with GDPR regulations.  Any published results will not contain any identifying information related to you. 

Once this project is completed the data collected will be destroyed. 


You are not obliged to take part in this study and are free to withdraw at any time during the research study. You may do so without disadvantage to yourself and without any obligation to give a reason.

I have read the information relating to this research study that I have been asked to participate in. I understand the purpose of the research study and what is being proposed. The procedures that I will be involved in have been explained to me. I understand that my involvement in this study, and the data from this research will remain strictly confidential. I understand that only the researcher(s) involved in the study will have access to my data. It has been explained to me what will happen to the data once the study has been completed. I hereby fully and freely consent to participate in this study which has been fully explained to me. I confirm I am over 18 years old and I understand that I have the right to withdraw from the study at any time without disadvantage to myself and without being obliged to give any reason.
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