Participate in research

Participate in Research

Thank you for your interest in participating in research related to toilet anxiety. Below is a list of studies currently being
run by Dr. Simon Knowles and colleagues. Please click the link below the study title to participate:

Exploration of Bowel and Bladder Concerns

Bowel and Bladder Obsession refers to a condition in which the afflicted individual experiences an overwhelming fear of losing control of their bladder and/or bowel in a public setting. During this study you will be asked questions about certain experiences that individuals may have about their bladder and/or bowels in public and in social situations. This study will take no longer than 60 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is available at the following address:

Exploring the relationship between thinking patterns, well-being and attitudes toward seeking mental health support

We are conducting this study and looking for both male and female participants who are at least 18 years of age. This project is concerned with exploring the relationships between how we think and its impact on psychological well-being and quality of life. We are also seeking to explore how beliefs about mental health support impact on behaviours to engage with mental health services, if and when needed. Research indicates that while mental health issues are quite common in our community, many individuals with ongoing mental health issues do not seek mental health support. This study will ask you about common (yet possibly uncomfortable) thought patterns and how they may influence your mental health and quality of life. The study involves completing an online questionnaire which should take approximately 60 minutes to complete. The questionnaire will involve answering anonymous demographic questions and then completing questions relating to your thinking patterns (e.g., how much do you agree with the following statements “You have a list of ironclad rules about how you and other people should act”, “If I fail at my work, then I am a failure as a person.”), psychological well-being (e.g., “I found it hard to wind down”, “I found it difficult to relax”), quality of life (e.g., “How would you rate your quality of life?”), and attitude towards seeking mental health support (e.g., “I think I should work out my own problems”, “I am too embarrassed to talk to a mental health expert”). There are no right or wrong answers. We are interested in your views and experiences, whatever they are. The questionnaire is available at the following address: