Help us understand whether mental contamination is a difficulty for young people

This study is examining whether mental contamination is a difficulty experienced by children and young people and how this might develop.

Research has looked at something called ‘mental contamination’ in the adult population. Mental contamination is when someone feels dirty even if they haven’t touched anything that they think is dirty. We don’t know if this feeling also happens in young people. Therefore, we would like to know if it does happen and if it effects young people’s mental health. This will hopefully help us in the future to know more about how we can treat some mental health difficulties in young people.

As part of the study we would also like to understand more about young people’s experience of betrayal. Betrayal is when someone feels they have been hurt or let down by someone they trusted (such as a good friend, a teacher, a member of their family or a romantic partner).


We are looking for participants aged 12-17 years.

What you'll get

Participants will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £10 voucher.

What's involved

Taking part involves young people completing four online questionnaires and should take around 45 minutes. Please note all young people aged 12-15 years will require parental consent to take part.

This study will end on 1 May 2019.

Take part in this study

If you would like to take part in this research study or if you have any questions, please get in touch.

This study has been given ethical approval by the University of Bath ethics committee (ID: 18-203). All information provided in this study will be anonymous. All the answers will be kept with a number rather than a name.