We know that people often think about non-living things as if they were alive, or even as people. Common examples of this include when we refer to ships as “she”, or the many films that personify animals and/or objects, such as Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This study focuses on the way people relate to their own possessions or objects in general, because we think this might affect their lifestyle. For example, people can see possessions as being like a friend and/or providing them with comfort in the same or similar way to another human being.
We, Victoria Skibsted Nielsen & Professor Paul Salkovskis (Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research), would be very happy to answer questions you may have to help you to decide whether or not to take part.
You will be expected to complete several questionnaires and we expect this to take approximately 30 minutes. The questions included relate to symptoms of mental health difficulties (including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and suicidal thoughts), the items that you have in your home, how you relate to other people and how you relate to objects.
No background knowledge is required. This information with be analysed by Victoria Skibsted Nielsen to assess how we think about, and relate to, possessions. This information will be completely anonymous and the data will be accessible to only Victoria Skibsted Nielsen & Professor Paul Salkovskis.
We are looking for volunteers aged 18 years and over. If you are interested and would like more information and or/to take part, please click on the link below:
For further information, please contact: Victoria.Nielsen@hmc.ox.ac.uk
Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC) Approval Reference:
Researchers: Victoria Nielsen (Trainee Clinical Psychologist; Victoria.Nielsen@hmc.ox.ac.uk), Professor Paul Salkovskis (Principal Investigator & Director, Oxford Centre for Psychological Health; Paul.Salkovskis@hmc.ox.ac.uk), Dr Victoria Bream (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre; Victoria.Bream@hmc.ox.ac.uk)
The Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research
University of Oxford, Isis Education Centre, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7JX