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The impact of music use on wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participant Information Sheet
 
The impact of music use on wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.
What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this study is to explore whether and how music use (as a coping strategy) can alleviate stress and negative mood during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its purpose is to find out if music use has a positive impact on wellbeing.
 
Why have I been chosen?
You have been chosen to take part in this study because you meet the study’s required criteria. During the COVID-19 pandemic most people have experienced changes in their lifestyles that could have impacted their wellbeing, and throughout this period of time everyone has still been able to listen to music.
 
Do I have to take part?
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any point during the survey, or within one week of completing it without giving a reason
What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be asked to provide basic demographic information and answer a number of questions about your wellbeing and use of music throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey should not take longer than fifteen minutes to complete.
 
What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
There are not any expected risks involved in this study.
 
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
Being part of an investigative study to provide important data in regards to music use and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings of the study might later be used to inform the public about coping strategies during future lockdowns/pandemics or other potentially stressful life situations.
 
Data Protection Privacy Notice
The data controller for this project will be University of the West of Scotland (UWS). The UWS Data Protection Office provides oversight of UWS activities involving the processing of personal data and can be contacted at dataprotection@uws.ac.uk.
UWS’s Data Protection Officer is Emma Cockrow and can be contacted at dataprotection@uws.ac.uk.
 
The legal basis that would be used to process your personal data will be the provision of your consent. Your personal data will be processed so long as it is required for the research project. The personal data you provide will be anonymised at the start of the study, and the processing of personal data will be minimised wherever possible. Note that our study is run using QuestionPro (http://questionpro.com/), which collects and stores IP addresses along with participants’ responses.
If you are concerned about how your personal data is being processed, please contact UWS in the first instance at dataprotection@uws.ac.uk. If you remain unsatisfied, you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Contact details, and details of data subject rights, are available on the ICO website at: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/overview-of-the-gdpr/individuals-rights/
What will happen to the results of the research study?
The findings will be disseminated in an MSc dissertation thesis, journal article, and scientific conferences. 
Who has reviewed the study?
ESS Ethics Committee
Approval Number: 2020-13720
Contact for further information
 
If you require any further information, please contact:
Researcher:
Danuta Hobot
University of the West of Scotland,
High Street,
Paisley,
PA1 2BE
UK
Telephone: 07599691104
E-mail address: B00396866@studentmail.uws.ac.uk
 
Research Supervisor:
Greg Maciejewski
University of the West of Scotland,
High Street,
Paisley,
PA1 2BE
UK
Telephone:
E-mail address: Greg.Maciejewski@uws.ac.uk
 
Please (1) advance to the Consent Form if you wish to participate in the study, (2) close this browser if you do not wish to participate, or (3) email us if you need further information about the study.
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