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My name is Charlotte Huggins, a PhD student from the University of Aberdeen. I am current looking for parents of non-autistic children age 8 to 17 to take part in a research study about mental health and emotion in autism. I’m offering everyone who takes part a £10 Amazon voucher to thank them for their time. It can all be conducted online with any computer or smart device and takes around an hour and a half.

I would like to ask if the Leicestershire Scouts would be able to help with spreading the word about this study to parents.

As I’m sure you’re aware, many people with autism have difficulties with understanding the emotions of others, as well as with controlling their own emotions. Recent research suggests that these issues begin with difficulties in understanding their own emotions. However, most research has been with adults, so we still don’t understand how emotional awareness affects children.

My research aims to address these issues, by measuring emotional awareness in children. By doing this, we can understand whether autistic children have greater difficulties, how this affects other aspects of their lives, and how to develop treatments to address these problems in children and help them (and their families!) live happier, healthier lives.

We already have a good sample of autistic children, so we are looking at parents of typical children to take part. If you would be able to spread the words to the parents in your group, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please find the advertising copy to be sent out to parents below:

Is your child ever not sure how they feel? Or do they have an amazing grasp of emotion? Or do they fall somewhere in between? Whatever your answer, we’d like to hear about it!

We are seeking children 8 to 17 to take part in a study about how well we understand our own emotions, and whether that relates to mental health and empathy.

The study is conducted online, and you will receive a £10 Amazon voucher for taking part. It will take around an hour and a half to complete in total. Your child will only need to take part for 40 minutes. Both parent and child need to be present. Your child will answer some questions about themselves, view images and make decisions about them, and take part in a brief vocabulary task. You will answer questions about yourself and your child. Please find more information at the link below.

Please take part at the link below:

Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. I will be happy to discuss this in further detail.

Kindest regards,

Charlotte Huggins

PhD Candidate
Institute of Medical Sciences
University of Aberdeen

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