Results on research into gender differences in high risk climbing behaviour available now.

Dear participants

I would like to thank you all again for responding to the online questionnaire exploring climbing in relation to sensation seeking, impulsivity, anxiety, death anxiety and self-efficacy. This has been submitted towards a Masters Dissertation in Psychology of Education.

I am happy to announce that the research is now finished and the findings are available via this link

Bethan Thomas

University of Manchester


Dear Participant,

You are being invited to take part in a research study towards a dissertation for a Med Psychology of Education at the University of Manchester.

You have been chosen to participate as a climber based in the UK and above the age of 18.

Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. If there is anything that is not clear, or if you would like more information, please contact me.

Bethan Thomas of The University of Manchester Institute of Education will be looking at exploring the role of gender in how self-efficacy, death anxiety and impulsive sensation seeking relates to high risk climbing behaviour.

I am  hoping to find out more about if the gender of a climber is related to high risk climbing behaviour by looking at the three contributing factors; self-efficacy, death anxiety and impulsive sensation seeking.

If you choose to take part you will answer a series of questions in a questionnaire style format. Many of the questions rely on a ‘tick box’, ‘true/false’ or ‘rating on a scale’ answer. The first few questions are more about yourself, your experiences and your climbing behaviour. You are then asked about your anxiety levels first in general, and then in relation to the concept of death. This section may be somewhat distressing and asks true or false questions relating to statements about death. The next set of questions looks at impulsivity and sensation seeking and the final set will be about sensation seeking.

The questionnaire should take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete. It consists of 5 parts and is 58 questions long. You are asked to answer as fully and honestly as possible and press submit once completed.

Your data is then electronically stored and further analysed once all questionnaires have been submitted. The data will be presented in a dissertation.

Confidentiality will be maintained throughout in line with The University of Manchester Policy. We do not ask for names or identifying details. All questionnaires are stored on a password protected computer with no shared access.

It is your choice to take part. If you do not wish to do so do not click on the link to continue. If you change your mind during the questionnaire please simply close the webpage and the data will not be submitted. Once submitted it is not possible to retract your finished questionnaire.

Please take time to reflect on the information given. The questionnaire will be available online for the next 6 months. There are no out of pocket expenses that you will incur and we hope that you feel the knowledge the research will generate will be compensation enough for the time spent completing the questionnaire.

The results will be made available on the website once analysed.

Please contact me at  If you need further advice or assistance in completing this questionnaire

If there are any issues regarding this research that you would prefer not to discuss with members of the research team, please contact the Research Practice and Governance Coordinator by either writing to

‘The Research Practice and Governance Co-ordinator,

Research Office, Christie Building,

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester

M13 9PL’,

Or by emailing:, or by telephoning 0161 275 7583 or 275 8093