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Description: We 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.

 

Procedures: If 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).

 

Confidentiality: 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 shassan@bgsu.edu. You may also contact my faculty advisor, Dr. Carolyn Tompsett, Professor of Psychology, at (419)-372-8256 or cjtomps@bgsu.edu. 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 hsrb@bgsu.edu.

 

VOLUNTARY CONSENT: 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. 

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