know that many individuals experience stressful or traumatic situations that
may shape their future emotional well-being. We want to learn more about how
individuals have come to cope with these experiences as young adults. This way,
researchers can develop more effective ways to help people who have experienced
these stressful events. For my study, I will ask participants to complete an
anonymous survey about various stressful events they experienced (e.g.,
witnessing conflict between their parents; having experienced a physical or
sexual assault). This study may be helpful in developing programs to help
children, adolescents, and adults cope with these stressors. Even if you did
not experience these types of stressful experiences, you can complete the
survey because we want to examine coping strategies of those who did not
experience these types of stressors as well. You must between the ages of 18
and 22 to participate in this study.
you choose to participate in this research study, you will be asked to access a
website and complete a series of anonymous questionnaires that will require
approximately 45 to 60 minutes of your
time. The online survey includes questions about your experiences with
stressors, how you cope with those stressors, as well as questions about your
emotions and experiences in the past two months. You will also be asked to
answer questions about your age, gender, race, ethnicity, current and past
living arrangement, and education. Some questions ask about your personal
feelings about yourself. You can leave any questions blank if you do not feel
comfortable answering them.
Risk and Benefits of
Participation: The anticipated risks of participating in this study are no
greater than those normally encountered in daily life. However, some questions
ask about experiences that might be upsetting to you. If you find that you are
distressed and in need of help, you may access a list of contact information
for various mental health services at any point during the survey. There will
be no direct benefit to you in this investigation, although your participation
will aid greatly in our research. At the end of the survey, you will have the
opportunity to provide your contact information if you are interested in participating
in a raffle for one of twenty, $25
Amazon gift cards as a token of appreciation for your participation in this
study. Approximately 500 people will be participating in this study, so you
will have a 20 out of 500 chance of winning (or 1 in 25).
All information collected about you during the course of this study will be
kept confidential. You should be aware that you should take proper precautions
to ensure that the information you provide online cannot be viewed by others.
First, if you complete the survey at work, please be aware that some employers
use tracking software to monitor and record keystrokes, mouse clicks, and
websites visited. This could impact the confidentiality of your responses.
Therefore, you are advised to complete the survey on your home computer or a
public computer. In addition, please remember to clear your browser’s cache and
page history after you submit the survey in order to protect your privacy. All
information that you provide will be kept private; only my research advisor and
I will have access to the information that you provide. Any identifying
information that you provide for entry into the raffle will be stored in a
separate database than the data obtained from the survey, and your names will
not be connected to your survey responses or included in analyses.
Right to Participate
or Withdraw from Participation: Your participation in this study is
completely voluntary, and you can refrain from answering my questions without
penalty or explanations. You are free to withdraw your consent and to
discontinue participation in this study at any time. If you choose to withdraw
from this study, simply close your web browser (but remember to clear the
browser’s cache and history). Deciding
to participate or not will not impact any relationship you may have with the
online support group. Should you choose to participate, please read each
question carefully and answer as honestly as you can. The study will take
approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete. When you have completed the survey,
please click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the final page of the survey
and you can then exit your web browser (but remember to clear the browser’s
cache and history). You have a right to have all of your questions regarding
this study to be answered by me, the researcher. Please feel free to contact me
if you have any questions or concerns regarding the study before you complete
the online survey. Also, you may request a copy of the results of the study. My
contact information is below in case you have questions or if you would like to
receive a copy of the results.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS
STUDY: If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to
contact me, Sarah Hassan, Clinical Psychology Graduate Student, at (419)-372-4499
or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact my faculty advisor, Dr. Carolyn
Tompsett, Professor of Psychology, at (419)-372-8256 or email@example.com. If
you have questions about the conduct of this study or your rights as a research
participant, you may contact the Chair of the Human Subjects Review Board at
(419) 372-7716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By completing this questionnaire and submitting it (i.e., by clicking the
“SUBMIT” button at the end of the survey), you are indicating your consent to
participate in this study.
Please select the following if you wish to participate and then click “SUBMIT.” If you do not wish to participate please close the webpage.