Page 1: Participant Information sheet


TITLE OF PROJECT: Emotional intelligence and gender stereotypes effect on male rape acceptance scale scores.


The University of Worcester engages in a wide range of research which seeks to provide greater understanding of the world around us, to contribute to improved human health and well-being and to provide answers to social, economic and environmental problems. 

We would like to invite you to take part in one of our research projects. Before you decide whether to take part, it is important that you understand why the research is being done, what it will involve for you, what information we will ask from you, and what we will do with that information. 

We will in the course of this project be collecting personal information. The UK continues to be bound by the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation which is now the “UK GDPR”  Under UK GDPR we are required to provide a justification (what is called a “legal basis”) in order to collect such information. The legal basis for this project is “task carried out in the public interest”. 

You can find out more about our approach to dealing with your personal information at 


Please take time to read this document carefully. 



What is the purpose of the research?

This study aims to understand if gender effects an individual’s emotional intelligence, gender stereotypes and male rape myth acceptance scores. The second aim is to see if emotional intelligence sores and gender stereotype score can be predictors of scores on the male rape myth acceptance scale .


Who is undertaking the research?

Name Sarah Stone

Position Undergraduate student

Role on the project Main researcher


Who has oversight of the research?

The research has been approved by the Research Ethics Panel for the College of Business Psychology and Sport in line with the University’s Research Ethics Policy. The University of Worcester acts as the “Data Controller” for personal data collected through its research projects and is subject to the UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. We are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and our Data Protection Officer is Helen Johnstone ( For more on our approach to Information Assurance and Security visit:


Why have I been invited to take part?

You have received this invitation because you are a member of the University of Worcester student body and Faculty, or a member of the public following one of the links to this study. We are hoping to recruit 240 participants for this study over the age of 18.


How do I take part?

It is up to you to decide whether you want to take part in this study. Please take your time to decide and talk to others about it if you wish. Deciding to take part or not will not impact on your studies at university. The process by which you can agree to participate is by accessing SONA if a student of Psychology at the University of Worcester, by emailing or clicking one of the links within the social media posts for the general public. If you do decide to take part, at the data collection stage, you will be asked to sign a consent form. You will be asked to create a unique pseudonym containing numbers and letters at the beginning of your survey after confirming consent. The pseudonym will consist of the first 2 letters of your first name the two number day you were born and the first two letters of your Surname . For example My pseudonym would be Sa17St, Sa being the first two letters of Sarah, 17 Being the two day number of my birthday and St the first two letters of Stone.


How can I withdraw from this study after agreeing to participate?

Once you have agreed to participate you can withdraw from the study anytime up to 14 days following the data collection. If you wish to have your data withdrawn, please contact us (our contact details are given below) with your participant number and your data will then not be used. You will be asked to create a unique pseudonym containing numbers and letters at the beginning of your survey after confirming consent. The pseudonym will consist of the first 2 letters of your first name the two number day you were born and the first two letters of your Surname .


What will happen if I agree to take part?

If you agree to take part, you will be asked to complete a consent form and create your unique pseudonym this will be composed of the first two letters of your first name, followed by the two number of your day of birth, and finishing up with the first two letters of your surname. Then you will be taken to complete a survey accessed via SONA, the link emailed upon request to participate from the bottom of the recruitment posters, or the link included in social media posts. Questions will be asked surrounding emotions, gender roles and asking participants to rate their agreement to statements surrounding male rape myths. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes. Demographic data and scores to the three questionnaires will be collected and analysed.


Data will be stored securely within the University of Worcester secure facilities


What are the benefits for me in taking part?

You will be contributing to general knowledge surrounding emotional intelligence, gender stereotypes and Male Rape Myth Acceptance. This will give researchers a better understanding of why rape myths exist and hopefully training, or policies can be changed to reduce and eliminate rape myth culture. 


Are there any risks for me if I take part?

The research is of a sensitive nature the use of the Male Rape Myth Acceptance scale could cause psychological distress to an individual. To mitigate this, it will be recommended that individuals who have been a victim of sexual assault do not take part in the research to protect their wellbeing.  It is also possible that the questions of emotional intelligence could affect a participant emotionally.  To counter both participants will be told the aims of the test before hand so they can make an informed decision about taking part. In the debrief there will be information about contacting appropriate platforms, University of Worcester students can contact First Point on 01905 542551, email or visit the first point desk if they feel that they have been adversely affected by any of the survey material. Members of the public who feel they have been adversely affected will be directed to the Samaritans or the charity Mind. As the survey is taken online there are no Covid-19 related risks


What will you do with my information?

Your personal data / information will be treated confidentially at all times; that is, it will not be shared with anyone other than the researcher and the project supervisor. It will also not be shared with any third parties specified in the consent form unless it has been fully anonymised. The exception to this is where you tell us something that indicates that you or someone else is at risk of harm. In this instance, we may need to share this information with others; however, we would inform you of this and discuss this with you before doing so. 

During the project, all data / information will be kept securely in line with the University’s Policy for the Effective Management of Research Data and its Information Security Policy.

We will process your personal information for a range of purposes associated with the project primary of which are: 


• To use your information along with information gathered from other participants in the research project to seek new knowledge and understanding that can be derived from the information we have gathered.

• To summarise this information in written form for the purposes of dissemination (through research reports, a thesis / dissertation, conference papers, journal articles or other publications). Any information disseminated / published will be at a summary level and will be fully anonymised and there will be no way of identifying your individual personal information within the published results.

• To use the summary and conclusions arising from the research project for teaching and further research purposes. Any information used in this way will be at a summary level and will be fully anonymised. There will be no way of identifying your individual personal information from the summary information used in this way.


If you wish to receive a summary of the research findings or to be given access to any of the publications arising from the research, please contact us.


How long will you keep my data for?

Your personal data will be retained for 5 years as to allow further research to be conducted by the researcher.

At the completion of the project, we will retain your data only in anonymised form. This anonymised data will be archived and shared in line with our Policy for the Effective Management of Research Data.

How can I find out what information you hold about me?

You have certain rights in respect of the personal information the University holds about you. For more information about Individual Rights under GDPR and how you exercise them please visit:

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.

If you would like to speak to an independent person who is not a member of the research team, please contact the University of Worcester, using the following details:


Secretary to Research Ethics Panel for College of Business, Psychology and Sport

University of Worcester 

Henwick Grove

Worcester WR2 6AJ