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Looking for people to take part in a research study investigating childhood trauma

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A Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Melanie Taylor, is carrying out a doctorate research study via Lancaster University. This study is investigating how experiencing childhood trauma may influence one’s understanding of themselves in adulthood.

Childhood trauma is more prevalent than you probably think. According to the UK Trauma Council, 1 in 3 children and young people are exposed to at least 1 potentially traumatic event before 18 years old.  Research has suggested that experiencing childhood trauma increases the risk of developing mental health difficulties, and suicide.

Childhood trauma is more prevalent than you probably think. According to the UK Trauma Council, 1 in 3 children and young people are exposed to at least 1 potentially traumatic event before 18 years old.  Research has suggested that experiencing childhood trauma increases the risk of developing mental health difficulties, and suicide.

They are looking for:

You can take part if you are at least 21 years old, fluent in English, and a UK resident. You must also identify as having experienced at least one traumatic event before 18 years old. An event which is traumatic includes any experience which you found very stressful, frightening or distressing. This may have involved:

  • Experiencing or witnessing aggression, violence, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Experiencing or witnessing accident or injury
  • Experiencing illness or someone close to you experiencing illness
  • Loss or bereavement
  • Parental separation
  • Experiencing bullying
  • Natural disaster
  • Living through and/or escaping conflict

This list is not full – you may have experienced something different which you found traumatic.

Expected commitment from participants:

The study takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes to complete, is entirely online, and anonymous. If you decide to take part, you will be asked to complete 3 questionnaires. Involvement in this study also requires participants to recall a childhood memory and type this out in a short paragraph.

The study asks participants to indicate on a questionnaire whether they have experienced different types of trauma during childhood. You may experience some discomfort or distress from this. Participants will not be asked to describe, explain, or give any details of the traumatic experiences. If you feel distressed at any point during the study, please choose to withdraw. You are free to withdraw without penalty and without giving a reason at any time during the study.

Commitment to inclusion:

The study is entirely online to enable access for people based across the UK to participate. This also allows people to complete the study any time they wish, and at their own convenience.

Closing date to apply: 1st April 2024

If you apply for this opportunity please let the organisers know you found it via Shaping Our Lives. Thank you!

 

How to Apply

You can click the link to be taken to the study: https://bit.ly/48eE9vJ Once the entire research study has been completed, a summary of the findings will be shared on the researcher’s social media pages. Twitter: @Melanie_ClinPsy Instagram: @Melanie_ClinPsy If you have any queries, you can email Melanie Taylor at M.Taylor14@lancaster.ac.uk

Involvement Payment Details

Unfortunately, they are unable to offer monetary compensation for your time. If you choose to take part, the researchers are incredibly appreciative of this.