C-Class stress, my dissertation research
Updated: Jul 27
Thank you for showing initial interest in supporting my research study. Before you agree it is important that you understand what your participation would involve. Please take time to read the following information, and if you feel you can support my research, please email me at the address at the bottom of the post.
Background: Workplace stress affects psychological and physical health of the employees, resulting in decreased productivity and organisational dysfunction, underscoring the need for effective management and preventative measures.
Rationale and aim: Research suggests, that executive coaching can help reduce workplace stress. However, the factors determining the success remain elusive, with paucity of empirical evidence on the role of different positive psychology interventions and other influencers in reducing workplace stress via executive coaching. This project will aim to fill this gap in knowledge by studying whether executive coaching using two specific positive psychology interventions can reduce instances of workplace stress.
Expected findings: It is envisaged, that the study will shed light on whether the positive psychology interventions are effective in reducing workplace stress. It is also hoped, that major influencers that affect the success of executive coaching are identified and understood in the course of this project.
Implications for applied psychology: The study will inform coaching practitioners and researchers studying executive coaching and positive psychology in the context of workplace mental health and will benefit stakeholders within the organisations by providing empirical evidence regarding the most effective approaches to workplace stress management.
Who am I?
My name is Alan Ball and I am a postgraduate student in the School of Psychology at the University of East London and am studying for a MAPPCP (MSc Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology). As part of my studies I am conducting the research you are being invited to participate in.
What is the research?
I am conducting research into the effect of positive psychological interventions and the reduction of stress in C-Class Executives in large businesses in the private sector. The title of my research is
“Is there any impact of positive psychology interventions across UK large business private sector C-Class Coaching, in reducing stress”?
Positive Psychological Interventions (PPI’s) have been used successfully in recording a reduction in stress, however, few studies exist specifically for C-Class Executives.
The research will collate responses via anonymous questionnaires and combine these responses in order to gain knowledge in the first-hand experience of C-class Executives who have undertaken PPI’s, and what evidence is there to answer the question raised in my research title.
My research has been approved by the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee. This means that my research follows the standard of research ethics set by the British Psychological Society.
How can you support my research and participate?
I am looking for to help me explore my research topic. The criteria for participation are that
· You are a C-Class Executive, in that you have a title of CEO, CFO, CIO, COO
· You are employed in the private sector
· You are classed as a large business, in that you have more than 250 employees
· You have received executive business coaching in the last 12 months
· As part of your executive business coaching, you participated in either a “savouring” or “strengths” based positive psychological intervention (PPI).
I emphasise that I am not looking for ‘experts’ on the topic I am studying. You will not be judged or personally analysed in any way and you will be treated with respect.
You are quite free to decide whether to participate and should not feel coerced.
You will not be eligible for the study if you are currently receiving any treatment for psychiatric or psychological support; nor have received such support for the two years prior to the completing of the study.
What will your participation involve?
If you agree to participate you will be asked to participate in the following way
Agree to participate in the research
Sign a consent form for data to be used (this can be withdrawn, please see below)
Complete an online questionnaire via a program “survey method”, this will take approx. 15 minutes to complete and is in the form of multiple scale questions.
The completion of the questionnaire will require you to have access to a computer, smart phone or tablet device.
I am unable to pay you for participating in my research, but your participation would be very valuable in helping to develop knowledge and understanding of my research topic.
Your taking part will be safe and confidential
Your privacy and safety will always be respected. This will be achieved by:
· You will not be identified by the data collected, on any written material resulting from the data collected, or in any write-up of the research.
· Participants do not have to answer all questions asked of them and can stop their participation at any time before submission of your completed questionnaires
· Any free form text that you provide, may be used in my research but your name and identification will be anonymised by using a pseudonym.
· Your safety is of paramount importance, should answering the questions cause you any difficulties, you can stop at any time, you can also email me if you are unsure of any questions or how to complete the questionnaires at email@example.com
What will happen to the information that you provide?
What I will do with the material you provide will involve the following
The questions answered online will be collated anonymously and I will have access to the collated data from all responses.
The completed data set will be used as part of my research to analyse the results from all participants.
I will not be referring to any named individual or make any comment that will identify who you might be
The completed research will be presented as part of my final dissertation and potentially published in one of the psychology journals or any other publication who shows an interest in publishing it with my permission.
Once my data set is completed and the study results compiled, all your data, contact details, will be destroyed. The completed data set will be retained as evidence of my research and the statistical credibility.
What if you want to withdraw?
You are free to withdraw from the research study at any time without explanation, disadvantage or consequence. However, if you withdraw, I would reserve the right to use material that you provide up until the point of my analysis of the data. I expect this to be three weeks from the point of submission of your completed questionnaire.
If you would like further information about my research or have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Alan Ball – Email firstname.lastname@example.org