Voices Survey – £20 Draw

UEA

Teresa Nevard, a Trainee Clinical Psychologist from UEA is currently carrying out a study into hearing voices and has asked us if we would publicise it on her behalf. She is particularly interested in people’s relationship with the voices that they hear. You will be asked if you would like to enter a draw to win one of 10 £20 Amazon vouchers for your participation. Please note: this study is being carried out independently to HVI so you will need to contact Teresa or her supervisors directly to find out more.

You have been invited to take part in a piece of research exploring people’s relationships with their voices. Before you decide whether you would like to take part please take the time to read the following information, to help you understand why the research is being carried out and what it will involve.
The researchers
My name is Teresa Nevard. I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist, and I am carrying out this study as part of a Doctoral qualification in Clinical Psychology at UEA (University of East Anglia). The research is being supervised by Dr Joanne Hodgekins (Clinical Psychologist).
What is the purpose of the research?
This study aims to gain an understanding of how people with voices view their voices in relation to themselves. It is hoped that this study will enhance understanding and promote new ideas and ways of thinking about voices.Who is being invited to participate?
We are looking for 82 adults to take part in the study. Participants must be able to complete questionnaires in English, and hear voices that other people can’t. For this study we are interested in voices which have a voice-like quality and can be understood (conversational or odd words and phrases). We are looking for participants who consider that they have some kind of relationship with their voice/voices. This relationship could be positive, negative or mixed.

Do I have to take part?
No. Your participation is totally voluntary. After you have read this information, you will be asked to indicate whether you are happy to take part. If you have further questions, you may email the researcher before, during or after the study (t.nevard@uea.ac.uk). In making your decision you may wish to seek advice from somebody independent. For example, a friend, family member, facilitator of your hearing voices group or trusted professional.

What will happen if I take part?

If you agree to take part in the study you will be asked to firstly give consent. You will then be given several questionnaires to complete. These will assess your relationship with your voice and your other relationships. You will then be asked to fill in some brief non identifiable questions about yourself (e.g. age). Finally, you will be asked if you would like to enter a draw to win one of 10 £20 Amazon vouchers for your participation.

Can I stop taking part if I change my mind?
If you decide to take part in the study you can change your mind about participating and withdraw from the study if you have not yet completed it. However, once you have finished the questionnaire you will not be able to withdraw your data.
Will my taking part in this study be anonymous and kept confidential?
Yes. All the collected data will be anonymous and treated as confidential. A number will be used to link the different measures and this will not be able to be linked with your details in any way. All information that we enter on the computer will be secured with a password. Once the study is completed, all the information will be securely stored and archived at the University of East Anglia for 10 years.
If there is anything that is not clear or you would like any further information please contact me or my supervisor Jo.
Teresa Nevard Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychological Sciences Norwich Medical School University of East Anglia Norwich Research Park NORWICH NR4 7TJ t.nevard@uea.ac.uk
Dr Jo Hodgekins Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychological Sciences Norwich Medical School University of East Anglia Norwich Research Park NORWICH NR4 7TJ j.hodgekins@uea.ac.uk
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