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You are being asked to participate in a research study. However, before you consent to be a volunteer, we want you to read the following to be sure that you understand what your participation will involve.
The name of the student conducting this research is Rachel Kulas, MA. The faculty member who is supervising the research is John Mehm, PhD.
PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH
The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of people’s responses to various life stressors and how that stress may impact a soldier who was going to be deployed to a combat zone. In response to life stress, individuals may experience various feelings of anxiety and depression as they attempt to cope with their life circumstances. The goal of this study is to identify the amount of stress individuals are exposed to and examine the relationship of stress and mental health, particularly in the context of a pending deployment.
DURATION OF PARTICIPATION IN THE RESEACH AND NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
If you agree to participate, it will take around 20 minutes of your time and you will not need to do anything further unless you would like to speak with the primary investigator about your experience in the study.
PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED DURING THE RESEARCH
If you choose to participate in this study, you will first be asked to fill out several questionnaires. Most of these are very brief and will not take long. The first one involves some demographic information, and the second asks about stressful events in your life. The third questionnaire asks about traumatic experiences that you may have had in the past. Filling out these questionnaires may bring up upsetting or disturbing memories for those that have experience traumatic events in the past. You will also be asked to fill out a questionnaire related to symptoms of depression, another related to anxiety, and lastly one related to substance use.
The risk in this study is that these questionnaires ask about stress and traumatic experiences from the past. These questions may bring up unwanted memories or feelings related to the event. You may stop the experiment at any time without any penalty.
BENEFITS OF RESEARCH AND COMPENSATION
There may not be any direct benefit to you from this study, but the investigators hope to learn more from this study that may help other individuals (particularly those in the military) later on. As compensation for your participation in this study, you have a chance to win a $20 Amazon.com gift card upon completion of the survey. If you win the gift card you will be notified by e-mail.
ALTERNATIVES TO THIS RESEARCH
If you choose to participate in this research, there is no other alternative procedure other than what is described. You do not have to participate in the research and you may choose to withdraw your participation at any time without any consequence.
You have a right to privacy, and all information identifying you will remain anonymous. Your answers on all questionnaires will be coded with numbers, and no identifying information will appear on any material. Your e-mail address will be used to record participation in the study in order to be eligible for the $20 gift card. If you are selected as the winner, then you will be notified by e-mail. Any information obtained in connection with this research that can be identified with you (i.e e-mail address), will remain confidential and will not be disclosed without your permission or as required by law. Your e-mail address will only be used to contact you if you win the gift card.