You are invited to take part in this research study. Before agreeing to participate in this research study, it is important that you read the following explanations of this study.
What will be done during this research study?
Participation in this study involves completing an online information form as well as an online survey about your experiences of distressing events related to your military service. It should take you 15 to 20 minutes total to complete the survey questions. After you have completed the survey, you have completed the study.
What are the possible risks of being in this research study?
You might have some uncomfortable feelings such as sadness or anger when you reflect on your experiences. You do not have to answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable. You can stop at any time without penalty.
What are the possible benefits to you?
You will be given a chance to reflect on some personal information about your past. You might feel a sense of personal satisfaction from knowing that you are helping others by sharing your information. However, you may not get any benefit from being in this research study.
After completing the study, you may enter to win 1 of 5 $25 VISA gift cards! If you are taking a course at Chico State or another institution that accepts extra credit for research participation, you may earn extra credit points for participating in this research.
What are the possible benefits to other people?
The information you share may be used to help shed light on how individuals adjust to civilian life after serving in the United States Armed Forces.
What are the alternatives to being in this research study?
Instead of being in this research study, you can choose not to participate. There is no penalty for non-participation.
How will information about you be protected?
Reasonable steps will be taken to protect your privacy and the confidentiality of your study data.
Confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology used. Your participation in this online survey involves risks similar to a person’s everyday use of the Internet.
The information from this study may be published in scientific journals or presented at scientific meetings, but your identity will be kept strictly confidential.
For further information about the nature of this research or about your rights as a research participant please contact
Katherine Sperry, M.A. candidate
Dr. Elise Cole
California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA, 95929
By completing the online survey you are agreeing to participate in this research.