Examining the impact of service disruption and changes to quality of life during covid 19 on the mental health and wellbeing of autistic young adults

Research Study

We now have full ethical approval (2021_04_16_EHS) and we are looking for participants. Please consider taking this short anonymous online survey. Thank you. Link here: https://unioflimerick.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NcZc91zQGUk6jQ

See Information Sheet Below

Information Sheet
Thank you for considering to participate in this research project. The purpose of this document is to explain to you what the study is about and what your participation would involve, to enable you to make an informed choice.
As part of my Masters Research Project in the University of Limerick, I am carrying out a study on the mental health and wellbeing of Autistic Young Adults during the pandemic.

What is the study about?
The aim of this study is to inform our understanding of the impact of service disruption during the pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing for Autistic Young Adults. We also hope to identify what supports are most needed at this time.

What will I have to do?
Should you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire which will include questions about your Autism diagnosis, your experience with services and your overall wellbeing. The questionnaire will take approx. 15 minutes to complete.

What are the benefits?
You will be participating in an Autistic led research project among a large community of Autistic Young Adults. Your views and responses will be used to inform service provision and educate health practitioners in the future.

What are the risks?
You might decide that you don’t want to answer a question. If this happens, you do not have to answer any question you do not wish to.

What if I don’t want to take part?
Participation in this study is completely voluntary. There is no obligation to participate, should you choose you can omit certain questions or decide to withdraw from the study.

What happens to the information?
All information you provide will be confidential and your anonymity will be protected throughout the study. The anonymous data will be stored on the University of Limerick OneDrive system and subsequently on the UL server. The data will be stored for a maximum of 7 years. The information you provide may contribute to research publications and/or conference presentations.

What if I become distressed?
The aim of the survey is not to cause distress, and this rarely happens from completing such surveys. However, if you do, we will signpost you to several support organisations.

Contact details of Project Investigators.
Principal Investigator – Prof. Stephen Gallagher
Faculty Member, Psychology Dept. University of Limerick, Tel (061) 234899
Email: stephen.gallagher@ul.ie

Other Investigator Student Name – Leslie Keating
Postgraduate Student Psychology Department
Email: 20145748@studentmail.ul.ie

This research study has received Ethics approval from the Education and Health
Sciences Research Ethics Committee 2021_04_16_EHS.

Published on: May 4, 2021 at 13:18

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