Study Invitation Letter
My name is Yesenia Schuler. I am a student in the Doctor of Psychology program at Rivier University in Nashua, NH. I am conducting a research study as part of the requirements of my degree in Counseling and School Psychology, and I would like to invite you to participate. This study has been approved by the Rivier University Institutional Review Board on March 23, 2020 (Review # 022220).
The focus of this study will be on emerging adults, looking specifically at emotion regulation and how it is related to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) and identity diffusion. In addition, I will be investigating the impact of identity diffusion on emotion regulation and NSSI history to better understand this complex relationship and to inform more effective treatment plans.
In order to be eligible for this study, participants will answer two exclusionary questions before completing the demographic questionnaire and three surveys specific to this study: Extended Version of the Objective Measure of Ego Identity Status (EOMEIS-2), Ottawa Self-Injury Inventory (OSI), and the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ), which consists of 64, 73, and 10 questions, respectively. The demographic questionnaire consists of 16 questions. The exclusionary questions, demographic questionnaire, and all surveys will be accessed online. The estimated completion time for each is as follows: EOMEIS-2, 10 minutes; the OSI, 15 minutes; and the ERQ, five minutes.
Participation in this study is voluntary and strictly confidential. Taking part in this study is your decision as you can choose to end your participation at any time. However, your input is invaluable to the study of NSSI behavior and, therefore, your full participation is greatly appreciated. While the results of the study may be published or presented at professional meetings, your identity will remain confidential at all times. In fact, your name and personal information will not be collected or associated with your responses in any way. In addition, the questionnaire and surveys used will be identified by a code number and all information will be kept secured and password encrypted on the researcher’s password-protected computer with files saved on a portable hard drive and locked in a filing cabinet in the researcher’s home.
For your time and effort, participants who have completed the demographic questionnaire and all surveys will have opportunity to be entered into a raffle for the chance to win one of 80 $5 Dunkin Donut electronic gift cards. After completing the last survey, participants will be prompted to copy and paste a url link where they can provide their contact information. All information is confidential and IP addresses will remain anonymous.
Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions about this study, you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, my faculty advisor, Dr. Robert Walrath, at email@example.com, or chair of the Institutional Review Board, Dr. Melinda M. Luther, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to participate, please continue to the informed consent following this invitation letter.
With Kind Regards,