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Mental Health & Ageing

Participant Information Sheet

Welcome! You are invited to take part in the research project described below.  

What is the project about?
This project aims to examine the impact of gender roles on mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

Who is undertaking the project?
The project is being conducted by Danielle Herreen (Provisional Psychologist/PhD Candidate) under the supervision of Dr Ian Zajac, Dr Lynn Ward and Dr Simon Rice. This research will form a part of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Adelaide.

Why am I being invited to participate?
Participation in this research is open to all Australian residents aged 18 years or older, who are fluent in English.

What am I being asked to do?
You will be invited to complete a survey. The survey will begin with some background questions such as your age, gender and level of education. You will then be asked some questions about your mood and how you have been feeling lately. These questions will ask you to rate the extent to which you’ve experienced certain feelings and behaviours over the past few weeks. We are also interested in your perceptions of gender roles, so you will be asked to indicate your level of agreement with common statements about what it means to be a man or a woman. The submission of completed responses will be taken as an indication of your consent to participate.

How much time will my involvement in the project take?
The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Are there any risks associated with participating in this project?
Some questions in this survey relate to your mental health and wellbeing. These questions refer to possible feelings of worthlessness, low mood and suicidal thoughts. If you expect to feel significant discomfort from thinking about these questions, you should not participate. If you need support in relation to this, you may consider contacting your General Practitioner. Lifeline can also be contacted for crisis support at any time, 7 days a week on 13 11 14.

What are the potential benefits of the research project?
Although you will not directly benefit from participation in this study, your participation will provide valuable data which may help to improve our understanding of how mental health symptoms differ across the lifespan. The results of this study may also lead to better recognition and diagnosis of depression. At the end of this survey you will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win one of three $150 EFTPOS gift cards.

Can I withdraw from the project?
Participation is completely voluntary. If you agree to participate, you can withdraw from the study at any stage prior to the submission of the survey.

What will happen to my information?
The information collected during this study will contribute towards the PhD thesis of Danielle Herreen. The results of this research may also be presented at conferences and/or published in academic journals. All results will refer to aggregated group findings and no individuals will be identifiable. Only the named researchers involved in this study will have access to the data and all data will be stored on secure computer systems. This data may also be used in the future by the researchers named on the project. As per the University’s policy, records and materials will be retained for 5 years following the date of final publication. Your information will only be used as described in this Participant Information Sheet and it will only be disclosed according to the consent provided, except as required by law.  

Who do I contact if I have questions about the project?
The researchers’ contact details are as follows:

Ms Danielle Herreen
Phone: +61 8 8303 8812

Dr Ian Zajac (Principal Investigator)
Phone: +61 8 8303 8875

Dr Lynn Ward

Dr Simon Rice

What if I have a complaint or any concerns?
The study has been approved by the University of Adelaide Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number H-2019-109). This research project will be conducted according to the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (Updated 2018). If you have questions or problems associated with the practical aspects of your participation in the project, or wish to raise a concern or complaint about the project, then you should consult the Principal Investigator (Dr Ian Zajac). If you wish to speak with an independent person regarding concerns or a complaint, the University’s policy on research involving human participants, or your rights as a participant, please contact the Human Research Ethics Committee’s Secretariat on +61 8 8313 6028 or by email to Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You will be informed of the outcome.

If I want to participate, what do I do?
If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the survey by clicking on the button below.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Danielle Herreen
Dr Ian Zajac
Dr Lynn Ward
Dr Simon Rice

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