Final Poster research invitation Information:
An exploration of body image amongst adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Introduction and study purpose
You are invited to take part in a study about your experiences of body image as an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). You will not be asked to go into detail regarding your experiences of CSA, as the focus will be upon body image. The aim of this study is to gain insight into perceptions of body image amongst adult survivors of CSA. The research is being carried out by Adele Leithead, who is a trainee counselling psychologist at Glasgow Caledonian University. The research is supervised by Dr Fani Papayianni who is a Counselling Psychologist and associate lecturer at the university.
Your contribution will help us to understand more about the relationship between CSA and body image, including the potential effects of CSA upon body image, and how these effects may impact upon your life. Your unique accounts will allow us to develop our work in this important area. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand what participation in the study will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and let us know (via the contact details below) if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.
Why have I been chosen?
You have been approached because you have experienced CSA, are aged 18 or over and are either attending therapy/counselling or have attended in the past.
What will I have to do if I take part?
If you are interested in taking part, you will be asked to sign a consent form and will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The researcher will also ask you to complete some demographic information prior to the interview, including your gender, age, ethnicity, employment/educational status and relationship status. Thereafter you will be invited to participate in a one-to-one interview with the researcher. This interview should last between 45-60 minutes, depending on your answers. The interview will be arranged between yourself and the researcher at a date and time that is mutually convenient. You will be given the option to meet face-to-face with the researcher for the interview, or you can choose to engage in the interview via Skype. Should you choose Skype as the interview option, you will also be able to decide whether you would like to have the webcam on or off (deciding if you would like to video-call or audio-call). The interview will require that you share your experiences of body image, as well as a discussion regarding the potential impact (if any) of CSA upon your body image. This interview will be audio-recorded via a dictaphone, and if Skype is used this will additionally be recorded using an electronic software.
Do I have to take part?
No, your participation is entirely voluntary. If you wish to participate, you will be given a consent form to sign, and you may keep this information sheet for your reference. Should you feel that you want to, you may stop the interview at any time without giving a reason. If you require a break from the interview of recording, this will also be respected. Even after the interview has been completed, you will be able to withdraw your data from the research, up to two weeks after the interview has been completed. Ending your participation in any of the above ways can happen without giving a reason and without any consequences. Please note, no impact to any therapeutic services that you may be receiving will take place.
What are the possible disadvantages and risks to taking part?
The study is interested in your personal views and experiences of body image as an adult survivor of CSA. Some participants may find this to be a very sensitive topic. Please be assured that you will not be asked intimate or sensitive details regarding your experiences of CSA. You will be asked open-ended questions regarding body image and asked to consider if or how CSA has affected your body image. The potential effects of body image in your life generally will be considered. You are in control of how and if you answer these questions. If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the interview, it can be paused or ceased entirely. If distress is caused during or after the interview, you will be able to discuss this with the researcher and/or her supervisor. You can also contact a debriefer for a one-off supportive telephone call of up to 30 minutes. This will be Tasim Martin-Berg, a Counselling Psychologist, and she can be contacted in confidence at [email protected]
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
We cannot promise that the study will help you personally, as the interview is not intended to be therapeutic. However, you may find that during or after the interview you have engaged in an interesting topic which has enabled you to consider the matter in greater depth. The results of the study should help our understanding of how adult CSA survivors consider their body image and what the impact of this may be upon their lives. This could be beneficial for counselling psychology, counselling and related mental health fields in understanding potential issues which may arise for adult survivors of CSA. This could aid in developing further therapeutic services for adult CSA survivors.
What will happen to the information that I give?
The information collected is for research purposes only. Apart from the principal researcher, only the research supervisor will have access to the raw collected data. An exception to this is the consent forms: as this will contain identifying data, this will only be accessible by the researcher. The audio recordings of the interviews will be transcribed and analysed. Identifying information will be removed, so that data (including direct quotes) will be not be attributable to you in the study or publication. All raw data, transcripts and electronically-completed forms will be held securely on a password-protected computer system, additionally encrypted with a different password and accessible only by the researcher. For any printed transcripts or forms completed in paper form, these will be stored in a lockable cabinet accessible only by the researcher. All material will be securely stored for five years for publication purposes or in the case of further future investigation. The findings of the study will be submitted to Glasgow Caledonian University as part of the assessment for the doctoral qualification in Counselling Psychology. Your rights as a participant are protected following guidance of the General Data Protection Regulation (2018).
Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
Due to the potential usage of direct quotes in support of the analysis in the final written report, total confidentiality cannot be assured. However, total anonymity can be assured. This means that any information pertaining to you as a participant (such as name, place of origin or work) will not be identifiable to you in the final report to be submitted to Glasgow Caledonian University, or in any future publication. It will not be possible to directly identify you as having participated in this research, and your identifying details (accessible only to the researcher) will be held confidentially. The use of Skype, as an online communication platform, provides restrictions to complete confidentiality: in using Skype, your personal details are provided to make Skype calls. There is not a complete guarantee that the calls are secure, which is beyond the control of the researcher. Your rights are protected under the General Data Protection Regulation (2018), and ethical and legal practice will be followed.
Please note that the only exception to anonymity would be if there was information related to risk to yourself or others, in which case relevant third parties would need to be informed (i.e. research supervisor and/or police) to ensure safety. This would be discussed with you should this happen whenever possible.
Who has reviewed the study?
This study has been given ethical approval by Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Health and Life Sciences Ethics Committee.
In addition, the research supervisor, Dr Fani Papayianni, will periodically review the research process and findings.
Further information and contact details
You can get more study information or discuss the project with the research team as follows:
Adele Leithead (Principle Investigator): [email protected]
Dr Fani Papayianni (Project Supervisor): [email protected]
What happens next?
If you decide you are interested in participating in the study after reading this information sheet or would like to find out more, please contact Adele Leithead using the provided email address. Should you decide to participate, you will be sent a consent form to read over and sign. You will also receive a demographics form to complete.
Thank you for taking the time to read this study information