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Are you still accepting new questionnaires?

We stopped recruiting new control volunteers in September 2014, but we are still accepting new questionnaires from people who had already signed up.

We are still recruiting new volunteers for our patient study, focusing on depression and conduct disorder. If you have been approached to take part in this study we would be very pleased to hear from you.


How long will it take me to complete the pack?

It’s hard to say as everyone reads at different speeds, but we estimate that answering the questions will take you between one and two hours. Please take your time and think about the questions before answering.

I signed up but I haven’t received my questionnaire pack; what should I do?

After you’ve let us know that you’d like to take part, please allow up to 14 days for your home questionnaire pack to arrive. If it still hasn’t come after two weeks, please contact us so we can send you a replacement.


What is the home questionnaire pack about?

The pack contains a series of smaller questionnaires which will help us understand your feelings, attitudes and behaviour in your everyday life. You may find that some of the questions asked are sensitive or distressing, but there are no right or wrong answers and all data will be kept confidential, so please do your best to answer all the questions.You will also be sent a saliva kit to give an optional genetic sample. The pack contains full instructions on how to use the kit, and information about what we will do with the sample if you choose to provide one.

Do I need to tell my parents about the questionnaires?

If you are under 16, we need consent from a parent or guardian for you to take part in NSPN, so they will need to know that you want to participate. If you are under 18, we would like your parent or guardian to complete a short sociodemographic questionnaire giving us some information about your family background. You do not have to share any of your questionnaire answers with your parents and you will have the option of sending your questionnaires back separately from your parents’ one. Anything you tell us will be handled in confidence and not shared with anyone else, unless you tell us anything which we feel is putting you or other people in danger. We would then need to share that with the appropriate professionals.

Are there right or wrong answers to the questions?

No, this is not a test and there are no right or wrong answers, so please just answer all the questions as honestly as you can. All your answers will be kept confidential.

Will I still get paid if I don’t complete all the questionnaires?

It’s important that you complete as much of the pack as you can, so do please try to complete all the questionnaires. You may not get paid if you return the pack with a large number of answers missing.

What happens if my completed questionnaire gets lost in the post?

Unfortunately, we can only pay you completed questionnaires which we have received. If your questionnaire doesn’t reach us, we can send you a replacement. We will let you know when we have received your questionnaire and started processing your payment.

If I return a questionnaire, will I definitely be invited to a research day?

Not everyone who completes a questionnaire will be invited in for a research day, as we may not be looking for any more people from your demographic (e.g. age group) at the moment. We will be doing a number of different studies over the next few years, so you may be invited in for a different study in the future.

Is there a deadline for returning the follow-up questionnaire?

It is best if you can get your questionnaire back to us as soon as possible, but there is no set deadline, so don’t worry if you cannot complete it straight away.

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