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Promoting health and physical activity in older age:
Retirement as a transition point

May 2018

Northumbria University is conducting research into positive retirement transition, and they need you!

They are currently looking to recruit participants for a longitudinal study, who are planning to retire soon or have recently retired.

Below you can find some more details about the study and contact details if you are interested in participating.

  1. What is the purpose of the study?

    The study is focusing on enhancing our understanding of retirement process and factors that predict positive retirement experience.
  1. What will I have to do if I take part?

    Participation will require you to complete a questionnaire pack, which should take around 45-60 minutes. During the task you will be asked to complete several widely used psychological and sociodemographic measures. You will need to complete the questionnaire every 3 months during the first year of the study and then annually for a period of five years. The questionnaires will be distributed online or by post depending on your preferences.
  1. Are there any inclusion criteria?

    Both male and female participants who are planning to retire from paid employment within next 6 months or have been retired for up to 12 months will be recruited to take part in the study. Participants must be fluent in written and spoken English.
  1. Will my participation involve any psychological discomfort or embarrassment?

    Completion of the psychological measures may cause some discomfort but this is likely to be minimal. You may find the whole questionnaire quite lengthy. To minimise potential discomfort, you will be given a plenty of time to complete the questionnaire and you can take breaks during the task if needed.
  1. How will the data collected be used?

    The data collected in this study will be used for a Postgraduate Thesis. It is anticipated that the findings of the study may be published in a peer-reviewed journal and presented at conferences. All results will be anonymised and it will not be possible to identify individual participants’ data.
  1. How will confidentiality be assured?

    You will be assigned a unique participant code that will be used for identification purposes throughout the study. Your name and other personal details will not be associated with your data. Only the research team will have an access to any identifiable information. Paper records will be stored in a locked filing cabinet and electronic information will be stored on a password-protected computer. Any personal details will be kept separate from other data and will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
  1.  Has this investigation received appropriate ethical clearance?

    Yes, this study has received ethical approval from the Northumbria University Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Ethics committee.

    If you require confirmation of this, please contact the Chair of this Committee, stating the title of the research project and the name of the principal investigator:
    Chair of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Ethics Committee
    Northumberland Building
    Northumbria University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 8ST.
  1. Do I have to take part?

    You are under no obligation to take part and you will not experience any loss of benefit or penalty if you choose not to participate.
  1. How can I withdraw from the project?

    You are free to withdraw from the study at any time without giving reason. If you wish to withdraw, simply contact one of the researchers, and they will discuss with you how you would like your data to be treated in the future. If, for any reason, you wish to withdraw your data please contact the investigator within three months of your participation. After this date, it might not be possible to withdraw your individual data as the results might already have been published. As all data are anonymous, your individual data will not be identifiable in any way.
  1. Contact for further information:

     If you need more information, would like to discuss your participation, or experience any problems as a consequence of taking part in the study please contact Anastasiia Fadeeva or call 01912437018.

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