A psychological study of hair loss, self-compassion and shame in adults

Thank you for considering taking part in my research.

About Me:

My name is Semanthi Sagathevan and I am a final year Doctoral Psychologist at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. I am interested in exploring how hair loss conditions impact on people psychologically.

Plymouth University has given ethical approval for my research, and I am guided by the University’s Research Ethics Policy. If you would like further information about Ethics, please Email me.

About the Research:

My research is looking at the role of shame and self-compassion in individual experiences of hair loss. This does not mean feelings of shame or compassion affect all people with hair loss. You may have trichotillomania, chemotherapy-induced alopecia, alopecia areata, male or female pattern baldness or other types of hair loss. I am asking that you complete four questionnaires that will help us to learn more about how hair loss affects people. The questions are grouped to help me learn more about how hair loss affects you. This could help us to help other people with hair loss. The questionnaires could take approximately 20 minutes to complete. I understand that your time is valuable time and appreciate your participation.

If you do not experience hair loss, but would like to help, you can still participate in this research. Your answers to the questionnaires will help establish a baseline or ‘control’ group, which is also valuable and important.

To take part in this study, you will need to be aged 18 years or over. This research is an anonymous study. Therefore, unique personal identifiers such as names and full addresses are not being collected. All the information you give me will be treated carefully and confidentially.