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The research projects below have closed for collection of data. The staff or students are now analysing their data and will publish their results on the Survey results page when their analysis and reports are complete, either as a summary or results, a completed thesis, dissertation or academic paper.
Leisure engagement and subjective well-being in New Zealand workers: Is variety the spice of life?
Rebecca Sinclair – This research is in partial fulfillment for a Master's degree in Psychology
This research investigates the relationship between leisure participation and well-being in New Zealand workers. In particular looking at whether engaging in a variety of leisure activities is more beneficial to individual well-being than the frequency or duration.
If you are currently working in New Zealand, I welcome you to take part in this study. This involves completing an anonymous 10 minute survey online that will ask a number of questions relating to your leisure activities, job role, and general well-being.
To thank you for your time, there is an option for a summary of the findings to be sent to you.
Access: Leisure and Wellbeing Survey
Project opens: 21/08/2018
Project closed: 13/09/2018
Factors Influencing the Cognitive Appraisal of Health & Safety Related Organisational Change
Matt Hurley – This research is in partial fulfillment for a Master's degree
As a result of New Zealand's history of poor performance in workplace health and safety, businesses and organisations have experienced significant organisational change during the past few years to try and improve this performance. This study seeks to identify specific factors that predict whether such health and safety related organisational change is seen as positive or negative by employees in New Zealand organisations. Understanding how employees respond cognitively to health and safety changes is the key motive behind this study.
If you are 18 years or older, employed in any New Zealand business or organisation and you have experienced or have been exposed to health and safety changes, you are invited to participate. Participation involves completing an online questionnaire, taking no longer than 8 to 15 minutes. In the event where you not have been exposed or haven't experienced health and safety change, but know of someone who has, please forward this research request onto them. As a way of thanking participants for their contribution a summary of the findings will be provided on request.
Access: Perceptions of Health and Safety Related Change Survey
Survey opens: 18/05/2018
Project closed: 13/09/2018
Young Women's Accounts of Recurrent Pain During Sexual Intercourse
Belinda Lavo - This research is a partial requirement for a Master of Science degree in Psychology
Pain during sexual intercourse is a common yet regularly ignored health issue that many young women face, with consequent negative effects on self-esteem and self-worth. Although gaining more focus within the field of medicine, very little psychological research has examined how such experiences influence a young woman's understanding of herself as a woman. I am interested in exploring how young New Zealand women's experiences of coital pain influence their overall well-being using a qualitative methodology.
I am looking for New Zealand women aged 18-30 to ANONYMOUSLY take part in my survey. If you are a New Zealand female (or have lived here 5+ years) who has experienced recurrent pain during sexual intercourse with a man I kindly invite you to participate in my study. Please note, you do not have to identify as heterosexual to take part. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes, and you will receive a $10 Mighty Ape voucher as a thank you for your time.
Survey opened: 23/05/2018
Survey closed: 18/05/2018
Work and interpersonal relationships among emergency first responders
Johnrev Guilaran - This research is a partial requirement for a Doctoral degree
Social relationships are found to be one of the cornerstones of psychosocial recovery. In times of emergencies and disasters, both survivors and first responders may be affected; however, relatively few studies focus on first responders. This research aims to know the role social relationships play on the psychological outcomes related to emergency first response work. This is also the first bicultural study comparing emergency first responders in New Zealand and the Philippines.
We are looking for emergency first responders to participate in the study. If you are 18 years old and above, and currently a member of the police, military/defence force, civil defence, emergency/disaster management organisation, emergency medical service (either ambulatory or hospital-based), fire service, emergency/disaster response organisation (such as the Red Cross), we are inviting you to participate in the study. Participation involves answering a questionnaire, which takes 30 to 45 minutes to finish. As a way of thanking you for your participation, you may get a chance to win a $40 gift card from Countdown (if you are in New Zealand) or ₱1,000 gift card from SM (if you are in the Philippines).
Survey opened: 01/05/2017
Survey closed: 8/01/2018
How is your healthy New Years Resolution going? Find out more about the relationship between mindful eating and your wellbeing.
Stephanie Barnett - This research is a partial requirement for completing a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology.
For some time now I have been interested in the practice of mindfulness and its potential benefits. I am particularly interested in the concept of Mindful Eating and its relationship to physical and mental wellbeing. There has been some research that supports the potential outcomes of Mindful Eating, while other studies suggest it is just a ‘fad’ concept that holds no real scientific value. This study hopes to increase understanding about mindful eating, and contribute more to debates in this area.
If you are 18 years or older, you are invited to participate in this research. You do not have to have any previous experience or knowledge of Mindful Eating.
Participation in this research simply involves completing an online questionnaire, which should take no more than 20 minutes of your time.
Survey opened: 01/05/2017
Survey closed: 22/08/2017
Do you enjoy solving crime mysteries like CSI?
Sarah McDonald. This research is being conducted as a partial requirement for a BA (Hons) in Psychology.
We have created a survey that aims to establish how lay people understand common scientific phrases used to describe blood found at crime scenes. If you are over 18 years of age and are interested in this topic, I would like to invite you to take part in our online survey. This anonymous survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. Further information will be provided on the web page.
Survey opened: 26/09/2016
Survey closed: 15/03/2017
Non-suicidal self-harm and Suicide Research Recruitment
Louise Edwards. This research is being conducted as a partial requirement for a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology.
I am undertaking a research project that looks at non-suicidal self-harm (NSSI) and suicide in students aged 18-24 years old.
NSSI is a significant problem amongst adolescents within NZ, research on the prevalence of NSSI is limited. NSSI is strongly associated with suicidal behaviour, more so than other recognised risk factors such as depression and anxiety and New Zealand based research into these areas is of high importance. Ultimately this research aims to assist in reducing the rate of suicide attempts within New Zealand.
I am currently attempting to recruit participants to take part in an online survey. Survey responses are able to be kept completely anonymous and participants do not need to have engaged in NSSI or a suicide attempt to participate.
Access - Survey on Self-injury and suicide risk among young adults
Survey opened : 27/10/2015
Survey closed : 07/03/2017
Have you ever felt a sexual attraction towards children and are worried about these feelings?
Sophie E. This research is being conducted as a partial requirement for a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology.
This research project is concerned with the group of people who have a sexual attraction to children, but want to prevent themselves from acting on these desires. By gathering information about the experience of living with such an attraction, we can work to develop support services. For the purposes of this study, a child is defined as being aged 13 years and under.
If you have ever experienced a sexual attraction towards a child/children, but have not acted on these feelings, you are invited to participate in an anonymous survey or confidential interview. Information about these can be found on our webpages at:
Access - https://www.massey.ac.nz/childattractionresearch
Survey opened: 14/04/2016
Survey closed: 31/10/2016
Experiences of Younger (18-65) Stroke Survivors
Charlotte Wainwright. This research is being conducted as a partial requirement for a Doctoral degree.
We are interested in the problems that younger (18-65) stroke survivors in New Zealand face post stroke. It is hoped that the findings of the current study can be used to inform healthcare professionals of specific problems that younger stroke survivors experience post stroke, so that these can be focused on during the rehabilitation process.
This study is open to anyone over 18 years of age and will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.
Access - Survey on Experiences of younger stroke survivors
Survey opened : 19/11/2015
Survey closed : 13/06/2016
The effects of Instagram use on self-concept and body esteem in teenage female users in New Zealand
Teigan Stafford-Bush, This research is a partial requirement for the completion of a Masters of Science Degree in Psychology
This research is aiming to provide insight into the effects of Instagram use on adolescent female’s self-concept and body esteem. This survey is seeking participation from 14-18-year-old females who have active Instagram accounts (active for at least 6 months). Your contribution will assist us in understanding how self-concept and esteem is affected in online and offline domains. Your assistance in this study is greatly appreciated.
The research also includes a content analysis whereby participants will be selected at random to have their profile (photos and comments) reviewed. Instagram account name are requested as part of the analysis but the participant will remain anonymous and all data will be matched under a participant number. This survey takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Access - Survey - Instagram and body image
Survey opened : 17/02/2016
Survey closed: 07/06/2016
Dysfunctional Cognitive Processing and Body Dissatisfaction in New Zealand University Students
Alexandra Morgan-Murray, This research project is a partial requirement for a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Psychology.
The purpose of this project is to determine if New Zealand university students experience errors in their thinking, and if this is related to body dissatisfaction and self-esteem. This survey is open to anyone aged 18-35 and currently attending a New Zealand University. Your contribution will help us to gain a better understanding of cognitive errors and body dissatisfaction in a New Zealand population.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Access - Survey on Cognitive Processing and Body Dissatisfaction
Survey opened : 29/09/2015
Survey closed : 24/03/2016
The process of posttraumatic growth in people living with HIV
Danni Chi, This research is being conducted as a partial requirement for a Doctoral degree in Psychology.
Living with HIV is a highly challenging experience and may impact on one’s life both physically and psychologically. However, positive changes through facing and struggling with HIV have been reported by many people. This study evaluates positive psychological changes in people living with HIV in New Zealand, 18 years of age or older. By being a part of this research, you will have the chance to help clarify what kind of thinking and actions lead to positive psychological changes and whether these changes impact ones’ health, and further assist to improve clinical services. Also, you will have the option to enter a draw of 1 of 10 $100 supermarket vouchers from New World.
This anonymous survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Access – Survey – Posttraumatic growth in people living with HIV
Survey opened: 7/03/2016
Survey closed: 17/11/2016
Spiritually transformative experiences and help-seeking behaviour: A New Zealand-based study
Natasha Tassell-Matamua & Karen Frewin (Staff members from School of Psychology and Institute of Education)
Are you over the age of 18 years? Do you feel that you’ve had a spiritually transformative experience (STE) at some time in your life? There are many types of STEs: near-death experiences (NDEs), near-death-like experiences (NDLEs), out-of-body experiences (OBEs), visions, spiritual emergencies, awakenings, kundalini, enlightenment, exceptional human experiences (EHEs), nearing death awareness (NDAs), after-death communications (ADCs), empathic or shared near-death experiences, peak experiences, past-life experiences, etc. If you think you’ve had such an experience, and are over 18 years of age, we would like to invite you to take part in this study.
Research shows many people think spirituality is personally important, and have had at least one ‘spiritual experience’ in their life. These experiences often lead to different life changes and psychological shifts in those who have them. As well, descriptions of STEs are often confused with descriptions of mental illness; we hope that findings from the study will help show how STEs are different from mental illnesses. This is the first study of its kind to be conducted in New Zealand. It will provide a greater understanding of what STEs are like for people in New Zealand.
Access - Survey on Spiritually Transformative Experiences
Survey opened : 05/08/2015
Survey closed : 23/09/2016
Examining body image attitudes among regular gymnasium users and non-gymnasium users
Kim Ironside, This research is a partial requirement for completing a Masters of Science degree in Psychology.
This research is interested in examining how body image attitudes differ between regular gym users and non-gym users in New Zealand. If you are a regular gym user (attends three or more 30-minute long sessions per week) or a non-gym user (does not attend a gym) and you are 18 years or older, your participation in this study would be greatly appreciated.
Your participation would involve completing an online survey, which will ask you questions about your personal views and attitudes related to body image, and completion of an Implicit Association Task. This survey is completely anonymous and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Access - Survey on Examining body image attitudes among regular gymnasium users and non-gymnasium users
Survey opened : 21/09/2015
Survey closed: 02/02/2016
Gratitude and well-being
Steven Woollaston, This research project is a partial requirement for a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Psychology.
The purpose of this project is to determine how gratitude and well-being are related across various demographics, and whether the elicitation of grateful thoughts can temporarily increase subjective well-being. This survey is open to anyone aged 16 and above. Your contribution will help us gain a better understanding of how gratitude and well-being are related, and the implications of this relationship.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Access - Survey on Gratitude and Well-being
Survey opened : 15/10/2015
Survey closed : 10/12/2015
Views, Beliefs, and Attitudes about Visiting a Psychologist for Counselling among Māori
Amelia Backhouse-Smith, This research project is a partial requirement for a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Psychology.
Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey revealed Māori with mental health problems sometimes seem less likely to use mental health services. To help understand this and identify how these experiences for Māori may be improved, this study examines the views, beliefs, and attitudes among Māori about visiting a psychologist for counselling. If you identity as Māori and are aged 18 years and over, your participation in this survey would be both welcomed and greatly appreciated.
The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and would involve rating a series of statements on a scale of one to seven. All responses are anonymous and there are no right or wrong answers.
Access - Survey on Psychologist Counselling among Māori
Survey opened : 29/07/2015
Survey closed : 16/11/2015
Use of Nutritional Supplementation
Alexia Mengelberg, This research is being conducted as a partial requirement for a Doctoral degree.
We are interested in the kinds of nutritional supplements people choose to take, in particular fish oil supplements, and how regularly people take them. We are also interested in how dietary and lifestyle habits such as the daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and exercise relate to the use of nutritional supplementation.
This study is open to anyone over 18 years of age and will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.
Access - Survey on Use of Nutritional Supplementation
Survey opened : 09/06/2015
Survey closed : 11/11/2015
Individual difference and career advancement
Kate Maroulis, This research is a partial requirement for a Masters degree in Organisational Psychology.
This research aims to investigate some of the individual differences that influence career advancement in today’s organisations. We are looking for individuals in people management roles to complete a 15-minute online questionnaire.
The questionnaire asks you to leverage your experience as a manager to evaluate the career advancement prospects of eight fictitious individuals, as well as share some anonymous and confidential information about yourself and your own career experiences.
Survey opened : 11/09/2015
Survey closed 04/11/2015
Experience with Non-Governmental Projects
Jeffrey Godbout, Research for Doctoral degree.
"If you have received assistance from a non-governmental organisation (NGO), non-profit organisation, or community group for any reason in the past please share your bad or good experiences by completing the online survey.
The research explores how individuals think and feel about the assistance they received. Some example projects would be finance for lending of last resort, violence prevention, shelter and accommodations, education support, support following a natural disaster, family and new born care, etc.
If you would prefer to meet in person to discuss the research or would like more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Survey opened: 28/08/2014
Survey closed : 02/09/2015
Consumption of pornography and sexual functioning
Leonid Barrington, This research is being conducted as a partial requirement for a Masters degree.
The study focuses on the effects of viewing pornography on the sexual function of men. I would be extremely grateful if you could take the time out to participate in this study, as finding participants is often the hardest part of research. This study is completely anonymous, no one apart from yourself will know that you took part in it. It asks questions about your pornography viewing (if any) and about your sexual functioning. I am not looking for any answers apart from honest ones. There is no one to impress, so please feel free to be as honest as you can. Thank you in advance.
Survey opened : 12/06/2015
Survey closed : 21/07/2015
How do social support and optimism moderate the relationship between traumatic exposure and PTSD symptoms?
Basia (Barbara) Wojcierowska, This research is a partial requirement for completing a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology.
This project aims to look at how individuals within the Auckland region of New Zealand are affected by traumatic events in their lives, particularly by looking at their levels of social support and optimism. The project aims to see whether there is a relationship between social support and optimism levels and the occurrence of PTSD symptoms within individuals who have experienced trauma.
The main aim of this project is that optimism and social support (be it family and friends or work colleagues) are important factors when buffering potentially harmful effects of traumatic events occurring in one’s life. We expect to see that higher levels of optimism and social support will lead to lower levels of PTSD symptoms and psychological distress.
The questionnaire should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
Survey opened: 22/10/2014
Survey closed: 01/12/2014
Gratitude and materialism: Impacts on affective well-being and physical health
Seth Turner, This research project is a partial requirement for a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Psychology.
Research has indicated that being grateful is linked with greater life satisfaction. Conversely, materialism has shown to be detrimental to life satisfaction. This research seeks to expand on previous studies and explore the impact that gratitude and materialism have on emotions, well-being and physical health. This study seeks to increase the knowledge around positive psychology and point the way towards helpful interventions that may be used to promote well-being within individuals and the community.
The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and responses will remain confidential and anonymous. Your participation in this study would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Survey opened: 09/10/2014
Survey closed: 20/11/2014
Aspects of Near-Death Experiences that bring about life change
Kate Steadman, Research for a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology.
A Near-Death Experience (NDE) is defined as an event in which a person experiences transcendental and mystical elements at a time they are close to death, or in intense physical or emotional danger. NDEs have been recorded for many years, but with the increase in technological advancements and increased successful resuscitation rates, reports of NDEs are increasing and becoming much more common. Up to 20% of cardiac arrest patients and approximately 4% of the total population are believed to experience an NDE. Research into NDEs is still scarce and uncommon in some places and populations, like New Zealand for example.
This study will look at what aspects of NDEs bring about life changes. This is considered important as previous research shows there is a noticeable difference in life changes between people who come close to death and do not have an NDE, and people who come close to death and do have an NDE. Although those who come close to death do/can experience life changes, they appear to be not as dramatic or long lasting. Therefore, there must be something in the content of the NDE, rather than the brush with death that ensures long lasting aftereffects and life changes. While There is some research that has investigated certain aftereffects of NDEs, there is no known research that looks at what it is about NDEs that bring about these changes and aftereffects, which is what the current study aims to identify.
Participants will be those who self-identify as having had an NDE and meet the requirements for an NDE based on the official NDE scale. They will be recruited within New Zealand via social media, newspaper adverts and online newspaper adverts. Data collection will occur via questionnaires and semi-structured interviews in which participants will be asked to recall details of their experience based on a recognised NDE-scale and to recall how it has impacted/changed their life.
Access to survey on Aspects of Near-Death Experiences
Survey opened 16/07/2014
Survey closed: 17/11/2014
An examination of concussion symptom base rates in children aged 5-18 years
Mary Miller, This research is a partial requirement for a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree.
Children who have suffered concussion report a number of symptoms. It is useful when assessing a child with a concussion to know how often a healthy child experiences their symptoms. For example, how often do children normally experience headaches?
My research will look at children between 5-18 years of age, who are in good health, and ask their parents to report symptoms that these children have experienced over the previous month. To complete the survey you need to have a child or children between the ages of 5 and 18 years, who are currently living in New Zealand. To provide useful results we need at least 220 participants in this study. Participants in this survey will be recruited via email - if possible please forward the link to the survey to other parents who might wish to complete it. You will be asked a series of questions involving demographic information and information about symptoms their child may be experiencing.
The questionnaire should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
Survey opened: 15/09/2014
Survey closed: 21/10/2014
Gratitude, materialism and well-being
Brylee Cresswell, This research project is being conducted as a partial requirement for a Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) degree.
Research shows that being grateful is associated with being more satisfied with life, while being materialistic is associated with being less satisfied with life. There is much less research about how gratitude and materialism relate to emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. This survey will look into these relationships in individuals aged 16 years and over.
The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.
Access - Survey on Gratitude, materialism, and well-being.
Survey opened: 28/08/2014
Survey closed: 20/10/2014
Empathy and Extra Sensory Perception
Aston Garratt, Research as a partial requirement of a Bachelor of Science(Hons) degree.
We are investigating the relationships between personality, beliefs, empathy and extra sensory perception to gain more insight into the processes involved in empathy. This research is the first of its kind in New Zealand and will lay the foundation for future research into extra sensory perception.
Participation in this research involves completing an online questionnaire, requiring approximately 20-30 minutes of your time. Participants must be New Zealand citizens or residents aged 18 or over and proficient in the English language. Participation is voluntary, and as a token of appreciation, all participants will have the chance to win a $100 supermarket voucher. Your participation will be greatly appreciated!
Access - Survey on Empathy and Extra Sensory Perception
Survey opened: 19/08/2014
Survey closed: 22/09/2014
Effects of light exercise on low mood in new mothers
Clare Kinsella, Research for Masters degree in Psychology
Low mood following birth is a common mental health concern for New Zealand mothers. However traditional treatment methods such as medication and therapy are not suitable for everyone. Recent research has suggested that light exercise may help, and this study aims to explore that effect.
The study is open to women who have one child only, aged between 3 and 18 months old, and who are currently experiencing unusually low mood. Further eligibility criteria are outlined in the survey below.
Participation involves random allocation to either an individual stretching or walking regime that takes place over a 12 week period. Each session is logged online, and short surveys will be sent out at 3 intervals throughout the program.
Participation in this study is completely voluntary and your responses will remain confidential. Your participation in this study would be greatly appreciated.
To take part participants should...
- Have one child only, aged between 3 months and 18 months old
- Be currently experiencing unusually low mood
- Not have given birth by caesarean
- Have access to a pram
- Have access to the Internet
- Not be currently pregnant
Participation will involve random allocation to either an individual stretching or walking regime lasting for 12 weeks. Participants will log each session online, and short surveys will be sent out at 4 intervals throughout the program.
Survey opened 14/10/2013
Survey closed 19/05/2014
Personal growth among health professionals; The roles of social support, health practices and humour
Shekinah Manning, Research for Doctoral degree
Survey opened 21/11/2013
Survey closed 03/03/2014
Research has suggested that health professionals can experience positive psychological growth as a result of working with clients who have experienced a traumatic event. Positive psychological growth includes any positive cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual changes that health professionals may experience. We are interested in how this positive psychological growth is related to the stress that can arise from helping a traumatised person, and the influence of social support, adaptive health practices and humour.
Participation in this survey involves completing a one-off survey, requiring approximately 15-20 minutes of your time. Participation is completely voluntary and your responses will remain confidential and anonymous. As a token of my appreciation, you will have the opportunity to win one of three $50 book vouchers. Your participation is would be greatly appreciated.
Gratitude and physical wellbeing
Delta King, Research for Bachelor of Science(Hons) degree
Survey opened 23/10/2013
Survey closed 19/12/2013
Research shows that being grateful has positive effects on psychological wellbeing yet there is little about the effect that it has on one’s physical wellbeing. This study will explore the relationship between gratitude and physical wellbeing and is open to anyone 18 years and over.
It will take approximately 5 - 10 minutes and your participation in this research is much appreciated.
Survey of parent/ mātua/ unpaid caregiver experiences of having a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Katie Weastell, Research for Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology
Survey opened 22/08/2013
Survey closed 25/11/2013
Research tells us that there are many areas of life that parents/ mātua/ unpaid caregivers of children with an ASD find challenging. We are interested in exploring the experiences of being a parent/ mātua/ caregiver of a child with an ASD in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The study is open to residents of Aotearoa New Zealand who identify as a parent/ mātua or unpaid caregiver of a child aged between 3 and 18 years old who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.
Participation in this study is completely voluntary and your responses will remain confidential and anonymous. The survey takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study would be greatly appreciated.
Work-related coaching, job crafting and outcomes
Andrew Lunt, Research for Masters (Psychology)
Survey opened 07/06/2012
Survey closed 01/09/2012
My study aims to explore the relationship between work-related coaching, job crafting (changing aspects of the job), and key individual-level outcomes such as job performance, engagement, and stress. I would like participants who have received work-related coaching as well as those who have not.
I would appreciate it very much if you would complete the survey and forward the link for this invitation to others who would be interested, such as email groups, colleagues, friends or clients.
The survey is quick to complete (less than 10 minutes) and mainly consists of multiple-choice answers. All information is anonymous.
Once the study is complete I will provide a summary of the findings. If you would like to receive this there is a link at the end of the survey.
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