A questionnaire study about emotional responses and personal relationships.

My name is Sarah Howkins and I’m conducting this research study as part of my Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Bath. We are doing a research project looking at people’s difficult interpersonal experiences, and how these experiences might relate to their psychological difficulties.

Before you decide to take part, 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. You can contact us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

What is the purpose of the study?

 Most people experience difficulties in their relationships from time to time; we have all been let down by people we trust and at times we may feel that we have let others down. However, some experiences in relationships can leave a lasting impact on how we feel about ourselves, other people, and the world around us. The main purpose of this research is to measure if people with some mental health difficulties have different experiences of being let down and perhaps letting others down. We are doing this research, with the aim to inform our understanding of this area - this could inform us about the therapy that individuals receive with certain difficulties.

What is the research for?

We want to explore the relationship between difficult interpersonal experiences and psychological difficulties such as OCD and depression, in order to increase our understanding and potentially to generate ideas about how to help individuals who experience psychological disorders.

 What kind of questions will you ask?

 Questions about how you feel about yourself, and how you feel about others. Although we will not ask you to go into detail, some of the questions are concerned with times when you have had your trust broken by others, and might make you feel upset.

What will I have to do?

If you would like to take part, you can follow the link to the online questionnaire. You can email Sarah Howkins at the address given below and she will answer any questions that you may have. (If you do not wish to complete the questionnaire online, Sarah can send you the questionnaire pack in the post, for you to complete at home and return in a pre-paid envelope.)

Who should not take part?

If you currently have, or have ever had, psychosis or you deliberately harm yourself, we advise that

you not volunteer to help us with our research. This is because we will be asking you to remember times that you have been let down or betrayed by others, which may trigger difficult feelings, and we do not want to put anybody at undue risk.

Who can take part?

If you have depression and/or OCD you might be eligible to take part in our study. You have to be age 18 or over.

How long will it take?

The questionnaire will take about 1 hour to complete.


All data will be anonymous. No one other than the researchers will know that you have participated, and you will not be identifiable.

How will I benefit?

You will not directly benefit from taking part, but we will donate £3 to OCD-UK, OCD-Action or Mind as a thank you. It is hoped that participation in this study will lead to improved support for people experiencing psychological difficulty.

Read the attached Information Sheet for more information or if you have any questions you would like to ask before deciding to take part please contact Sarah Howkins at s.howkins@bath.ac.uk

If you would like to take part – visit https://tinyurl.com/researchocd for the questionnaire.