Study Information (What, Who, Why?)

Before you decide whether you would like to take part, please read the following information to ensure that you understand what it involves. If you like, you can print out and keep a copy of this information so that you can look at it at a later date. If there is anything that you are unsure of, or if you would like more information, then please contact the study primary investigator, who is Professor Justin Thomas at Zayed University of (

The aim of this survey is to examine the possible psychological and social effects of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It is part of a wider project to understand how the pandemic is affecting ordinary people in the country. We hope that, by understanding these effects, we will be able to make recommendations about how to better manage this and future pandemics and similar crises. For this purpose, we will ask you to complete a series of questionnaires which all will be done online. In addition, we will contact you in one month’s time to ask you some further questions to see how you are being affected by the pandemic.

The questions in this survey will be about your age, gender, and education, nationality, religion and living arrangements. You will also be asked about your well-being (e.g., physical health, mood, and fears), your social attitudes (e.g., religious beliefs), some psychological traits (e.g., your resilience) and your knowledge about the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey may take around 40 minutes but feel free to take your time to complete it. 

Participation is on a voluntary basis. If you do decide to take part, you can still withdraw at any time. You will not be asked to provide a reason for withdrawing.

We anticipate no risk of harm from taking part in this study, although some of the questions will be quite personal. If for any reason you experience any discomfort and feel that you can no longer continue, you can withdraw from the study by just shutting down the browser. If you are worried about COVID-19 you might find it helpful to contact the SEHA helpline +971563713090 if you experience any psychological upset due to answering some questions in the survey , feel free to contact any counsellor you have access to or you can approach.

All your data will be treated as anonymous and you will not be identifiable by the information that you will provide to us. At the end of the survey, however, we will also ask you whether you would like to leave your contact details (email address) so that we can contact you about taking part in later stages of the research, in which we will try and find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing people's lives. However, you will be free to withhold this information and we will keep this information separately from the survey data. It will only ever be used to approach you about later stages in this project and this information will be erased at the end of the study.

This is a study organized by Zayed University, Prof. Justin Thomas of Zayed University will act as the Data Controller. This means that he is responsible for looking after your information and using it properly.

Only the researchers will have access to the data provided. If the results of the study are published in a scientific journal, you will not be identifiable. Your data will be stored anonymously, with all personal information removed, once the study is over.

Ethical approval was obtained from the Zayed University Ethics Committee and the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP). If you have any concerns or complaints about the study, you may contact Dr. Anoud Bani-Hani, Chair of the ZU Research Ethics Committee Zayed University, (+971 4 402 1735), email: AND/OR the MOHAP Research ethics coordinator,Yusra Swaidat, on +971 4 230 1631, email: Also, you can contact the primary investigator: Professor Justin Thomas (

If you have any questions regarding this study, please feel free to contact The primary investigator: Professor Justin Thomas (details provided above).

Thank you for considering taking part in this study.

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