Validating the CompACT
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Validating the CompACT

Validating the Comprehensive Assessment of ACT Processes (CompACT) on an Australian non-clinical sample 
Human Research Ethics Approval Number:  H19REA090

Description 
Thank you for your interest in this research project, which is being undertaken as part of a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Honours Project. This project explores whether a new measure of psychological flexibility, called the Comprehensive Assessment of ACT (CompACT; Francis, Dawson, & Golijani-Moghaddam, 2016), might be suitable for the Australian general population.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) centers on the key concept of psychological flexibility, and has been found to be beneficial for people with physical and mental health concerns, as well as for non-clinical concerns, such as dealing with workplace stress. For example, ACT has been found to be effective for helping people with depression, test anxiety, epilepsy, chronic pain, cigarette smoking cessation, diabetes, and substance abuse. The CompACT is a new measure that was developed by authors in 2016 in the United Kingdom to assess a person’s psychological flexibility. By participating in this study, you will be helping us to determine whether the CompACT is a valid and reliable measure to use for Australian people in the general population. This is something that has not been tested yet.

This study will only include participants who are Australian Citizens or Residents, who must be aged 18 years of over (with the exception of USQ students). Research findings from this study may be published in the form of a report to participants, organisations, community or other academic groups.

 

Participation 
We would greatly value your participation, which will involve the completion of an online survey that will take no longer than 15 minutes of your time.

Questions will include things like “I try to stay busy to keep thoughts or feelings from coming” and “I find it difficult to stay focused on what’s happening in the present”.

Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you are not obliged to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage. Please note that, if you wish to withdraw your participation or data from the project after you have submitted your responses, the Research Team will comply. If you do wish to withdraw from this project, please contact the Research Team. Contact details are at the bottom of this form; the office number for the supervisor will go to voicemail if unanswered and an email is sent alerting the supervisor of a message. The supervisor regularly checks their email.

Your decision whether to take part, not take part, or to take part and then withdraw, will in no way impact your current or future relationship with the University of Southern Queensland or the research team.

 

Expected Benefits 
It is expected that this project will directly benefit you by giving you the opportunity to enter the USQ School of Psychology and Counselling prize raffle for the chance to win Visa cash cards to the value of either $100 (one prize available) or $50 (two prizes available) Visa cash cards or course credit if you are enrolled in an eligible USQ psychology course. Participants interested in redeeming these incentives will be directed to a web page separate to the survey where they can provide their personal details. It is optional for you to enter the raffle or to claim course credit.

You will also be provided with your individual scores on two of the measures used in the survey, some information about what your scores mean, and some links to additional resources and/or information, should you be interested. 

By taking part in this research, you will also be helping the psychology community. The results of this study will help psychology researchers and practitioners to gain a better understanding of the reliability and validity of the CompACT measure and whether or not it is a suitable measure of a person’s psychological flexibility.

 

Risks 
Sometimes, survey questions may unintentionally trigger some discomfort or distress in participants. If this situation arises for you, we recommend that you seek support from your General Practitioner (GP) a psychologist or counsellor, or contact a telephone counselling service, such as Lifeline (ph. 13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (ph. 1300 22 46 36). For USQ students, there is also a 24-hour USQ Student Advice Line (1300 932 483), free USQ Counselling Service (07 4631 2372), and USQ psychology and counselling clinics (Toowoomba Clinic: 07 4631 1763, Ipswich Clinic: 07 3812 6163). USQ's Psychology and Counselling Clinics are a community psychological service centre for children, adolescents and adults of all ages, operated by the School of Psychology and Counselling at USQ Toowoomba and USQ Ipswich.

If you experience any technical difficulties when you are completing the online survey, please contact the Principal Investigator (details at the bottom of this page).

In the event that the survey score indicates that you may be currently struggling psychologically or experiencing distress, you will receive an email from the Principal Investigator checking to see if you would like to take up the offer of further help from various sources including a phone call from the supervising researcher who is a qualified psychologist. You are in no way expected to answer the email if you do not wish.

 

Privacy and Confidentiality 
All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law. The names of individual persons are required in the responses and all data will remain identifiable until the conclusion of the study whereby it will all be deidentified and securely transferred to the supervising researcher.

The results of this study will be presented in a psychology honours thesis. The future deidentified and anonymous data set will be available to other researchers if they make a request to and receive permission from, the research team. Participants can still participate in the study if they choose to not make their data available for future research use. Any future use of the data will only be permitted following further ethical approval.

The results of this study may be published in journal articles and other academic literature and may also be presented at conferences or seminars or other public forums.  Only group data will be published, so your individual results will remain anonymous. Participants and other interested stakeholders will be provided with a summary of the results of this study upon request to the principal investigator or supervisor of the study, whose contact details are listed above.

Any data collected as a part of this project will be stored securely and disposed of according to the  University of Southern Queensland’s Research Data Management policy.

 

Questions or Further Information about the Project
Please refer to the Research Team Contact Details at the top of the form to have any questions answered or to request further information about this project. If it any time during the survey you would like to stop there is a function to do so and you are able to resume at a later time of your choosing, with your data being saved in between sittings. 

 

Concerns or Complaints Regarding the Conduct of the Project
If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project, you may contact the University of Southern Queensland Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics on +61 7 4631 1839 or email researchintegrity@usq.edu.au. The Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an unbiased manner.

 

Research Team Contact Details
Principal Investigator Details
Miss Tayla Roxborough
Email: u1116650@umail.usq.edu.au
Mobile: 0468 638 120

Supervisor Details
Doctor Nancey Hoare

Email: Nancey.Hoare@usq.edu.au 
Phone: (07) 4631 1740

 

 


 

Statement of Consent
By proceeding to the survey, you are indicating that you:

  • Have read and understood the information above regarding this project.
  • Have had any questions answered to your satisfaction.
  • Understand that if you have any additional questions you can contact the research team.
  • Are an Australian citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident and are either a USQ student or are over 18 years of age.
  • Understand that any data collected may be used in future research activities [all future research activities OR only those related to this field].
  • Agree to participate in the project.

Consent to Participate
By clicking on the ‘Accept’ button below is an indication of your consent to participate in this project.