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Introduction 

You are invited to participate in an online study for social anxiety. Before you decide whether you would like to take part or not, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please read this information sheet carefully and decide if you would like to take part or not.

 

What is the study about?

We are conducting an online 5-day intervention study for social anxiety to assess the relative effectiveness of three intervention approaches.

 

The current self-assessment is part of the intervention study. But you CAN complete the self-assessment without participating in the intervention.

 

The study is conducted by Joint PhD Clinical Psychology student, Ms. Chantel Leung under the supervision of Professor Tatia Lee from The University of Hong Kong and Dr. Jenny Yiend from King’s College London.

 

What will happen to me if I take part?

  1. Consent. If you decide to take part, please sign the consent form by clicking the boxes before proceeding.

  2. Option of entering prize draw. If you would like to enter the prize draw, please enter your email address on the next page.

  3. Self-assessment. It involves 2 questionnaires and 2 computerized tasks which takes around 10 minutes to complete.

  4. Option of participating in the Intervention study. After completing the self-assessment, you can enter your email address to indicate your interest in participating in the intervention study.

 

The criteria of participating in the intervention study are:

  • Age 18-65

  • Self-assessment scores fall into the “Probable Social Anxiety” category

  • Do not have the following medical history:

    • History of neurological disorder (eg. brain injury, epilepsy, stroke etc)

    • Psychotic disorder (eg. schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder etc.)

 

After assessing your eligibility, you will be invited to participate in the intervention study through a separate email.

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Will I be compensated for my time?

Upon completion of the self-assessment, you will be provided with the assessment results. You will also be eligible to enter a prize draw of £10 (or equivalent) Amazon voucher.

 

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

The main disadvantage is that this self-assessment may not be as accurate as a formal diagnostic screening.

 

What are the possible advantages or benefits of taking part?

While the self-assessment does not intend to replace any sort of clinical judgement or diagnostic tools, it could help you understand more about your own anxiety level. You may also be eligible to participate in the online intervention study which is specifically designed for social anxiety.

 

Will my responses be confidential?

Yes. All information provided and data collected will be kept confidential and identified only by an anonymous identification code that will not personally identify you. The email address you provided is mainly used to notify you if you have won the lottery or to invite you for the intervention study, if you have showed interest in it. Your email address will also be deleted after the end of the project.

 

What should I do if I have questions or concerns about the research?

If you have any questions or concerns about the intervention study, please feel free to contact Ms. Chantel Leung at chantel.leung@kcl.ac.uk.  

 

This study is approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee for Non-Clinical Faculties of The University of Hong Kong. HREC Reference Number: [EA1709016]

 

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, contact the Human Research Ethics Committee for Non-Clinical Faculties, HKU (+852 2241-5267, email: veitch@hku.hk).

Participant Information Sheet 
Social Anxiety  Self-Assessment