Survey results

School of Psychology staff and postgraduate students collect some of their research data via online research surveys. Summaries of survey results are added below as they become available.

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Results of past surveys

Body Image and Eating Attitudes Survey

Sarah McGuinness, Research for Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree
Survey opened 13/06/2013
Survey closed 03/09/2013

Research on body image and eating attitudes in adolescents and young adults is well established. However, we know little about body image and eating attitudes in women and men aged 30 to 60 years. I am looking for people aged between 30 and 60 years to complete this online survey that explores how men and women feel about their body shape and weight and eating habits. The aim of this study is to gain a greater understanding of the gender similarities and differences in this area.

The study is open to residents of New Zealand and Australia aged 30 to 60 years. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and your responses will remain confidential and anonymous. The survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study would be greatly appreciated.

A short summary of the results of this research can be viewed as -

Sexual orientation, Identity and Psychological Well-being

Tamara Bejakovich, Research for Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Survey opened 23/07/2013
Survey closed 16/07/2013

Being secure in one's identity helps buffer the effects of stress and outside influences, in turn this may impact how these factors affect well-being.We are interested in how security in one's sexual identity is associated with their psychological well-being.

This study is open to anyone over 18, as we are interested in people from all walks of life and orientation. The survey itself will only take around 5 - 10 minutes. Thank you for your consideration.

Short summary of results
This research had a number of aims. Firstly, it wanted to explore the applicability of traditional sexual orientation categories (lesbian, gay, bisexual – LGB - and straight). This research project found that the current sexual orientation categories may be too restrictive because when exploring people’s behaviours, attractions and fantasies, it can be seen that sexuality is better explained as a continuum.

Secondly, it investigated the connection between sexual orientation and psychological well-being. This project found that straight people, in this sample, had higher reported levels of psychological well-being when compared with LGB and questioning participants. However, the size of this effect was small. There are a number of reasons the difference in psychological well-being between straight and LGBQ may have occurred. A well cited explanation is that LGBQ experience identity specific stressors, such as discrimination and prejudice, causing distress and lowering psychological well-being. This is not to say that all LGBQ have these experiences.

In addition, this research project investigated how the degree a person was sure of their orientation and the degree one had ‘come out of the closet’ influenced well-being. It found that the more a person was sure of their identity and the more they had come out, the higher their psychological well-being. Religion seemed to play no part in the relationship between sexual orientation and psychological well-being.

Memory Difficulties Survey

Bridget Burmester, Research for Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology
Survey opened 12/06/2013
Survey closed 15/07/2013

We are interested in what kinds of memory difficulties people experience in their daily lives, and how these relate to their performance on formal tests of memory functioning. Sometimes, the everyday memory difficulties that people report do not qualify as actual impairment on memory tests, and we want to understand this discrepancy. As part of this research, I am inviting you to complete this survey about everyday memory difficulties."

We are pleased to say that we have had an excellent response to this research, so this survey is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

A preliminary summary of the results of this survey is now available. 

Near-Death Experiences (NDEs): A New Zealand-Based Study

Dr Natasha Tassell (School of Psychology) and Dr Mary Murray (School of People, Environment, and Planning) - Staff research

Survey closed 04/12/2012

We are interested in exploring NDEs in New Zealand. Since the time of Aristotle, NDEs have been reported in most cultures around the world, and some suggest about 15-25% of people have experienced them. Recently, a number of large-scale studies have been conducted on NDEs in places like the UK, Netherlands, and USA, however, no studies have investigated these experiences in New Zealand. Our study is the first of its kind to be conducted in New Zealand, and by doing this research we hope to gain a greater understanding of what these experiences are like for people in New Zealand.

The Preliminary Update provide a brief overview of the research to date, and some of the researchers' intentions for the coming year, until the study is complete.

Thank you for your interest in our study. We are currently analysing the data we have obtained, and are no longer seeking further participants. However, if you would like more information about the study, NDEs in general, or would like to talk to someone about your NDE, please check out our web site as above or contact the researchers.

Relationship Style and Sexual Behaviour Study

Karen Faisandier - Honours project
Survey closed 31/07/2010

The project aimed to explore the types of relationship styles experienced by people with and without ‘out-of-control sexual behaviour (OOCSB-commonly referred to as sexual addiction, sexual compulsion, hypersexuality), and involved New Zealand volunteers over the age of 18 who completed an anonymous online survey.

Summary of results

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