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Personality influences on emotional distress and aggression

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PROJECT TITLE: “Personality influences on emotional distress and aggression”
Principal Researcher:

Dr James Collard
B Comm/ B Sci, PGrad Dip of Psych, DPsych (Health)
Senior Lecturer and Supervisor
The Cairnmillar Institute - School of Psychology Counselling and Psychotherapy
(03) 9813 3400


Myrto Chatzimike Levidi
BSci (Hons) Psych
BSocSci (Hons) Psych
Master of Clinical Psychology candidate
The Cairnmillar Institute - School of Psychology Counselling and Psychotherapy

Jade Cox
BSci (Hons) Psych
Master of Clinical Psychology candidate
The Cairnmillar Institute - School of Psychology Counselling and Psychotherapy

Megan George
B Psych Sci
B Psych (Hons) candidate
The Cairnmillar Institute - School of Psychology Counselling and Psychotherapy

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the effects of personality influences and several cognitive processes on human behaviour and wellbeing. Please read carefully this plain language and information document, before consenting to take part in the survey.

Who can participate in the survey and what is this research about?

Participation is open to anybody aged 18 and over, who is proficient in English. Participation should take approximately 20-30 minutes and involves completing an online survey where you will be first asked to answer some brief demographic questions about your age, gender, educational level, working status and nationality. You will be then asked a series of questions about your personality (e.g., “When I try, I generally succeed”), your cognitions (e.g., “If others mistreat me, I continue to think badly of them”, “think about a recent situation, wishing it had gone better”, “I ruminate about my past anger experiences”, “I’m good at finding words to describe my feelings”), your mood (e.g., “I found it hard to wind down”) and your behavioural patterns (e.g., “I have trouble controlling my temper”, “I strive to be as perfect as possible”). Please note there is no payment or reward for participating in this study.

Please note your responses are entirely anonymous. If you are not comfortable answering any of the above questions or you believe these questions may cause distress, it is recommended that you do not participate in the study. If you experience any distress, you may contact your local GP or lifeline on 13 11 14 who can provide the relevant support.

What will happen to the information I will provide?

The data collected will be presented in the investigators’ Masters/Honours thesis. Potentially, these may also be published in peer-reviewed journals, used in future studies by the current research team or presented at academic conferences. During and after the completion of the study, all raw data will be stored securely on password protected computers and hard drives with permitted access only to the investigators named in this statement. No identifying information will be collected, due to the anonymous nature of study and, therefore, your confidentiality is assured.

Is my participation in the survey voluntary and when can I withdraw if I decide to do so?

Participation is entirely voluntary. It is entirely your decision whether or not you decide to participate. Your choice will not disadvantage you. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw your data from the project at any time (prior to submitting your data), without consequence. Since there is no way of identifying your data, it is not possible to withdraw from the study after you have submitted your responses. In addition, it will not be possible to inform you of individual results, but the overall final results of the study may be requested by contacting the principal researchers via email.

By clicking the “I consent” and progressing beyond this plain language statement, you are indicating your consent to participate in this study.

You can click here to download a copy of this information statement.

*Note: The Cairnmillar Institute Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project (approval code 2019/11481-10743-10584)

If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project you may contact the HREC secretary, The Cairnmillar Institute, 391-393 Tooronga Road. Hawthorn East, VIC 3123.  Telephone +613 9813 3400

For more information about the project, contact the principal researcher via phone on +613 9813 3400 or via email at
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