Decision Making and Risk in people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

Project Title: Decision making and risk in people diagnosed with bipolar disorder.


My name is Anna Chiara Sicilia and I am conducting this research as a student on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at Lancaster University.

What is the study about?

The purpose of this study is to explore the links between the way in which people diagnosed with bipolar disorder make sense of their daily experiences and make decisions and their likelihood of taking risks in everyday life.

Bipolar disorder has been associated with a higher likelihood of engaging in risky behaviour, particularly during periods of mania. This often leads to negative consequences both in the short and long-term. Understanding the reasons why bipolar disorder is associated with a higher likelihood of taking risks will help to obtain a deeper understanding of the condition as well as its clinical management.


The study will involve eight (8) brief questionnaires focused around people’s perception of risk and risk taking, impulsivity and their current mood state. As you will see, some of the questionnaires ask about risks related to sexual activity; BUT the aim of the study is not to find out about your sexual life. Risk associated with sexual life is just one example of many candidate risk behaviours. We are only interested in your attitudes and thinking around “the risks” associated with engaging in sexual activity.

Please note that it is possible to pause and save at any time during the study, therefore if you feel like you need a break, you will be able to continue the study at a later time.

If you are interested in this study, please follow the link below to read our participants’ information sheet and check if you are eligible to take part.

https://lancasteruni.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b7tap9F1Mvq5mFn

Chief investigator

Academic Supervisor

Field Supervisor

Anna Chiara Sicilia

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Dr Guillermo Perez-Algorta

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+44 (0)1524 594711

Professor Steven Jones

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+44 (0)1524 593382

The study has been reviewed and approved by the Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Ethics Committee (FHMREC) at Lancaster University.