How does having OCD impact upon one’s abilities to establish and keep good, satisfactory social relationships and feel integrated and accepted into social groups?

Abigail Denham, Masters student in Psychological Research Methods of University of Dundee, Fabio Sani, Professor of Social and Health Psychology at University of Dundee and Keith Matthews, Professor of Psychiatry & Head of Discipline (Psychology) at University of Dundee are inviting you to participate in their research study.

The study involves interviewing people who have a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The interview will be about an hour and will explore the impact of having OCD on social relationships. From the information that comes out of people’s interviews we hope to get a better understanding of the everyday experiences of people with OCD, specifically in relation to feeling integrated and accepted into social groups.

This study is being conducted by the student researcher as part of her University of Dundee Masters in Psychological Research Methods. She will write up the results in the form of a report that will be marked by staff at the University. It is possible that this research may be published in a psychology journal. It is important to note that we may want to use some of the things you have said in your interview to illustrate the experience of socialising and belonging to a group for people with a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If we do this, we will not use your name or any form of personal information that could identify you. It will simply be the interview number, gender, age and diagnosis.

Please read the attached Participant Information Sheet for more information.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

You can talk to the student researcher, Abigail Denham, in person or you can contact her by email on: a.s.denham@dundee.ac.uk

You can contact the supervisors of this research project, Fabio Sani by phone on 01382 364 628 or by email on f.sani@dundee.ac.uk or Keith Matthews by phone on 01382 383 025 or by email on k.matthews@dundee.ac.uk

Postal address:

Abigail Denham, Fabio Sani or Keith Matthews, University of Dundee, Scrymgeour Building, Park Place, Dundee, DD1 4HW

The University Research Ethics Committee has reviewed and approved the study/project.