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Kings College London: Paid Participants Wanted for Research

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Friday 12 June 2015 1.08pm
Study Synopsis: Paranoia, stress and acute cortisol response.

The aim of this project is to investigate whether previous exposure to stress changes people’s response to acute stress and any other reactions for example paranoia. Research using participants from the general population have been shown to mirror what we would find in patients with psychosis. So, the information we receive from you may help us better understand the processes which are involved in developing mental health problems.

We are looking for participants aged 18-35 who do NOT have a history of mental health problems. If you choose to participate, you will be invited to complete a battery of questionnaires. These questionnaires will ask about your early childhood experiences, recent adverse events, your beliefs about yourself and the world, about your mood and about anxiety and paranoia. Furthermore, we will ask you about your use of illicit drugs as well as ‘legal highs’. The questionnaires will be completed in private and are coded only with a number so your responses will be anonymous. We will take about 25-30 ml (5-6 teaspoons) of blood for DNA and cortisol levels. Your participation will last for no more than 1 hour and we will reimburse you for your travel expenses and time.

If you do not feel comfortable about answering some of the questions then you can leave those ones blank. You may also withdraw at any time.

The questionnaires cover sensitive issues and therefore it is possible that you may feel upset or distressed. All participants will be provided with a list of organisations to obtain support and advice from regarding issues that may arise in this study and can discuss this further with the principal investigator of the project.

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please send me an email and I will provide you with a full information sheet and answer any questions that you have.

Thank you,
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
King's College London
Friday 12 June 2015 1.50pm
Sounds interesting - why under 35 yrs may I ask?
Friday 12 June 2015 3.12pm
Thanks for your message. We specify between 18-35 years to match other individuals we have recruited to a separate arm of this study.

Thank you,
Friday 12 June 2015 8.26pm
oh shame - I am too old but would have done it. Bon chance with it
Monday 15 June 2015 1.26pm
Please may I ask how old you are? As we are able to make exceptions. Perhaps, you could message me privately with a telephone number and I could give you a call to discuss your potential participation further?

With thanks and best wishes,
Tuesday 7 July 2015 9.43pm
Hi Natalia

If you are still checking for participants & don't mind an older participant, I am a mature psychology student looking to make extra money over the summer (age 46). Healthy, fit and no history of mental health problems. Feel free to message me.

Wednesday 8 July 2015 5.59pm
Thank you Anki, I will be in touch if we require more participants.

Best wishes,
Thursday 9 July 2015 11.55am
Are you still looking for participants? Thanks!
Thursday 9 July 2015 12.03pm

Thanks, yes we are, however we are currently looking for participants who strictly fit our criteria only: 18-35 years, no history of mental health problems, preferably cannabis users.

Best wishes,
Tuesday 18 August 2015 8.53pm
Hi Natalia,
I was wondering if participants where still needed as I fit the above criteria 19, no mental health history and smoke regularly.

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