I once read a study that compared the level of distress of completing a psychological study to other activities in daily life (e.g., commuting to work; interacting with colleagues; watching tv; or something like that).

The paper is a good reference when you are applying for ethics approval.

Does anyone know the reference? Or perhaps there are a few such articles?


The article could be

How distressing is it to participate in medical research? A calibration study using an everyday events questionnaire.

Petrie, K. J., Faasse, K., Notman, T. A., & O'Carroll, R. (2013). JRSM short reports, 4, 1-7.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yep. That's the one. $\endgroup$ – Jeromy Anglim Jan 16 '17 at 3:23

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