Beliefs about appearance and wellbeing

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 wellbeing and to provide answers to social, economic, and environmental problems. Researcher Dr Bere Mahoney, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, and Co-Researcher Dr Christian Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science would like to invite you to take part in this research project.

What is the purpose of the research?

The study explores people’s beliefs about their appearance, and their physical and psychological wellbeing.

Why have I been invited to take part?

You have seen the advert calling for participants for the research, and you are 18 years of age or older and have been diagnosed with Body Dysmorphia or Muscle Dysmorphia or believe you have symptoms of one or both of these conditions.

What will happen if I agree to take part?

 If you agree to take part, you will be asked to complete an anonymous survey.

To access the survey, you will be asked to indicate that you have read and understood the information, voluntarily agree to take part and are 18 years or older. If you consent to take part but indicate when asked that you are 17 years of age or younger you will automatically be redirected to the end of the survey and will not complete any other questions

Then by clicking 'next' you will be taken to the questionnaire which will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.

What are the benefits for me in taking part?

You will be helping to expand knowledge about body dysmorphia and muscle dysmorphia and how these affect people’s lives. This includes increasing understanding of the help and support available and needed for individuals diagnosed with the conditions and for those who believe they have their symptoms.

Please read the attached Information Sheet for more information.

To access the survey please use this link https://www.surveyhero.com/s/30990f6

Please note that when you access the survey the Participant Information Sheet and Privacy Notice will be presented again followed by the Consent questions.

If you have any concerns about the project at this point or at any later date you may contact the Lead Researcher Dr Bere Mahoney b.mahoney@worc.ac.uk, or Co-Researcher Dr Christian Edwards c.edwards@worc.ac.uk