INTRODUCTION

Thank you for agreeing to take part in our research into studying factors of diet and well-being in individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder(ASD).

Once you have read and signed the consent form, you will be taken to the online page consisting of the questionnaires that you will be required to complete which will take approximately 30 minutes. Upon completion, you will be taken to the online page that includes the debrief of this study and what we aim to find.

Disclaimer: We understand this study requires personal information about very sensitive topics that may cause distress therefore you do not have to participate in this study if this worries you. We would like assure you that your participation is anonymous and your data will be kept strictly confidential.

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET

You are being invited to take part in some research. Before you decide whether or not to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please read the following information carefully.

What is the purpose of the research?

We are conducting research into factors of diet and well-being in individuals with an ASD as there is a lack of research in this area.

Who is carrying out the research?

The data are being collected by Rafia Haque at Department of Psychology, Swansea University, under the supervision of Professor Phil Reed, Department of Psychology, Swansea University. The research has been approved by the Department of Psychology’s Research Ethics Committee.

What happens if I agree to take part?

If you kindly agree to take part in this study, it involves reading a participant information sheet, signing an informed consent form and completing a three-part online questionnaire.All participants are required to be 18 or over and have English as their first language or be able to speak English fluently. These questionnaires will be accessed via an online link which will be sent to you and should take around 30 minutes to complete, however some may find these questions of a personal nature and possibly distressing. At the end, there will be a debriefing form to tell you more about the research.

Is participation voluntary and what if I wish to later withdraw?

Your participation is entirely voluntary – you do not have to participate if you do not want to. If you decide to participate, but later wish to withdraw from the study, then you are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason and without penalty.

What will happen to the information I provide?

All the data obtained will be confidential to the study. You will be identified via a participant number, not by name. All participant data will be analysed and included in our final report of the study which may be presented to interested parties and published in scientific journals and related media.

What if I have other questions?

If you have further questions about this research please do not hesitate to contact us:

Rafia Haque, Department of Psychology, Swansea University, 827644@swansea.ac.uk

Professor Phil Reed, Department of Psychology, Swansea University, P.Reed@Swansea.ac.uk

CONSENT FORM