Study on Improving Physical Activity in Young Adults Living with Disabilities
What is the purpose of the study?
To recognise the barriers of physical activity for young adults. These studies are imperative to assist researchers in developing strategies to limit potential barriers and enhance facilitators to ultimately increase physical activity in young adults live with disabilities and improve their health and quality of life.
The inclusion criteria I am looking for in participants are listed below.
- Young adult aged 18-35
- Living with a physical or sensory (visual/hearing) impairment
- Struggle to engage in the World Health Organisations weekly requirement of 150 minutes of physical activity
Further information and contact details
James Haley – Loughborough University
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The information sheet below for the study, it consists of all the key details that participants need to know about the study, the purpose of the study, benefits, confidentiality and other details.
Dissertation Information Sheet
Mr. James Haley – Main investigator, Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, United Kingdom, J.Haleyemail@example.com
Dr. David Maidment – Project supervisor, Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, United Kingdom, D.W.Maidment@lboro.ac.uk, +44(0)1509225439
Section A: Questions
We would like to invite you to take part in this study. Before you decide if you would like to take part, we would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve for you. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please feel free to talk to others about the study before planning a decision if you wish.
What is the purpose of the study?
Previous research has reported that young adults with disabilities (physical and/or sensory) experience a diverse range of barriers when engaging in physical activity compared to non-impaired individuals. Currently, a large amount of research in this area has investigated whether PA programmes can improve outcomes in young children (younger than <15 years) or older adults (older than >65 years) with disabilities. However, there are a limited number of studies investigating the barriers and facilitators for physical activity among young adults (18-35 years of age) with disabilities.
Therefore, further studies are needed to recognise the barriers of physical activity for young adults. These studies are imperative to assist researchers in developing strategies to limit potential barriers and enhance facilitators to ultimately increase physical activity in young adults live with disabilities and improve their health and quality of life.
Who is doing this research and why?
This study is part of a student-led research project by James Haley for the degree of Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. This project is being supervised by Dr. David Maidment (Ph.D) a Lecturer in Psychology at Loughborough University.
Are there any exclusion criteria?
To take part in this study you must be (1) living with a physical and/or sensory disability; (2) living a sedentary lifestyle by not meeting the World Health Organization weekly requirement of 150 minutes of physical activity, (3) aged between 18-35 years and (4) a resident living in the United Kingdom (UK).
Any individual that does not meet these requirements will not be able to participate in this study.
What will I be asked to do?
You will be invited to engage in a semi-structured interview with (James Haley) either through telephone or online methods (e.g. Skype). A combination of questions will be formed from existing literature and presented to the participants regarding the barriers that may contribute to young adults with physical and/or sensory impairments struggling to engage in physical activity. There are no right or wrong answers. All that we ask is that you are as honest as possible to ensure our findings are valid and trustworthy.
All interviews will be audio recorded. In addition, with your permission, you may be contacted via email after their interviews to elaborate further on any answers provided.
Once I take part, can I change my mind?
After you have read this information and asked ay questions you may have, if you are happy to participate, you will be asked to complete an Informed Consent Form.
This should be completed by hand and then scanned or photographed and return to me by email. However, if this is difficult to do you could type your response and then use your email to verify the ‘signature’. If at any time, before, during or after the sessions you wish to withdraw from the study, please contact the main investigator (James Haley).
You can withdraw at any time, for any reason and you will not be asked to explain your reasons for withdrawing. However, it is important to note that once the results of this study are submitted as part of the degree for a Master of Science on September 2nd, 2020, it will not be possible to withdraw your individual data from the research study.
Will I be asked to attend any sessions and where will these be?
Interviews will be undertaken remotely via Skype or telephone, in the comfort of your own household. No face-to-face interviews will occur due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the researcher will be adhering to governmental guidelines and upholding physical (or social) distancing. All interviews will be undertaken on a selected date and time agreed in advance that is convenient for you. However, in the near future, if governmental restrictions are lifted, the investigator may arrange a face-to-face meeting with you.
How long will it take?
The length of each semi-structured interview will last between 30 to 45 minutes, although these interviews may have the potential to last longer due to the nature of the study. Please let the researcher know if you would like to take a break at any point during the interview.
Are there any disadvantages or risks in participating?
No risk or harm is anticipated through engagement with this research project. All interview locations will be quiet and secured away from potential harm and risk. A risk assessment has also been completed and approved by Loughborough University prior to interviewing to ensure any potential harm has been minimised and the safety of all participants is upheld.
What are the possible benefits of participating?
If you decide to take part, the information you give will provide a valuable insight into the potential barriers and facilitators of engaging in physical activity for young adults (18-35 years of age) that live with a physical and/or sensory impairment. These findings could be used in the future to support other researchers, governing bodies and sports agencies in developing their knowledge on how to support young adults living with disabilities to overcome barriers faced when undergoing physical activity.
Data Protection Privacy Notice
Loughborough University will be using information/data from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that the University is responsible for looking after your information and using it properly.
What is the legal basis for processing my personal information?
Personal data will be processed on the public task basis. For further details on the data protection legislation see: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/
Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), some of the personal data which will be collected from you is categorised as “sensitive data”. The processing of this data is necessary for scientific research in accordance with safeguards. This means that the study has gone through an ethical committee to ensure that the appropriate safeguards are put in place with respect to the use of your personal data.
How long will my personal information be retained?
Any personal information (consent forms, audio-voice recordings, verbatim transcripts) collected and stored as part of this study will be erased after submission of the MSc dissertation project on September 2nd, 2020.
Will my personal information be shared with others?
All data obtained as part of this study will only be shared with the investigators involved. If at any time the participants are unhappy with certain areas of their interview, the participant has full permission to erase certain aspects of their data. This is to ensure that all measures undertaken are ensuring compliancy with the British Education Research Association (BERA) (2018) regulations. However, no third parties/external sources will obtain permission for this project without approval from the main investigator.
Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
The data obtained within this research will stay confidential. Any information obtained will be stored on a password-protected ‘Lenovo IdeaPad S340 Intel Pentium 12GB Blue Laptop’ saved on Loughborough University’s secure ‘Microsoft 365 One Drive’ system and will be erased immediately after the dissertation deadline (3/9/20. All data will be anonymised, with each person taking part in the study assigned a unique identifier. The interviews will be completed at different dates, times, and locations to increase confidentiality. Any raw data analysed and used within the study will be adapted by using pseudonyms, and identifiable variables within the transcripts and report removed to maximise anonymity.
How will the anonymised data/results collected from me be used?
The results of the project will be collected, analysed, and written up into a full research study as part of a Master of Science study in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science at Loughborough University. If deemed essential this study may be used further for research purposes after being reviewed for a publication and featured as a conference paper.
I have some more questions; who should I contact?
If you experience any problems or complaints whilst engaging with this research project, please feel free to contact one of the following:
James Haley – Researcher – Email J.Haleyfirstname.lastname@example.org, Dr David Maidment – Project Supervisor – Email D.W.Maidment@lboro.ac.uk, Phone +44(0)1509225439
What if I am not happy with how the research was conducted?
If you are not happy with how the research was conducted, please contact the Secretary of the Ethics Approvals (Human Participants) Sub-Committee, Research & Enterprise Office, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU. Tel: 01509 222423. Email: email@example.com
The University also has policies relating to Research Misconduct and Whistle Blowing which are available online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/committees/ethics-approvals-human-participants/additionalinformation/codesofpractice/ .
If you require any further information regarding the General Data Protection Regulations, please see: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/privacy/research-privacy/.
This study has been granted approval in agreement with Loughborough University Research Ethics Policy.