Traumatic Experiences Study

Participant Consent Form

What is the purpose of this research?

We are collecting information about people’s exposure to different types of trauma, and their feelings and beliefs about these experiences.

Who is conducting the research?

This research is being conducted by a team of researchers at three universities in the United Kingdom, USA and Australia. The Principal Investigators are: Dr. Melanie Takarangi (Flinders University and University of Leicester), Rashelle Smith (Flinders University) and Dr. Deryn Strange (John Jay College of Criminal Justice). Other members of the research team are: Dr. Heather Flowe and Caitlin Lloyd (University of Leicester); Evan Dawson (John Jay College of Criminal Justice). Our clinical consultant is Dr. Preeti Chauhan (John Jay College of Criminal Justice).

This research has been approved by the Psychology Research Ethics Committee at the University of Leicester, the John Jay College Institutional Review Board and the Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee at Flinders University.

What is involved if you agree to participate?

  • To qualify for the study you must be at least 18 years of age, and a resident of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
  • If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete two sets of questionnaires online, some now and some in approximately three months time. Each set of questionnaires will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
  • These questionnaires involve some questions about traumatic events that may have happened to you, and how you feel about those events. You do not have to talk in detail about these events and you do not have to answer any questions you do not feel comfortable answering. You may stop participating at any time.
  • Should you become upset at any point during the process, please call the toll-free numbers for assistance or refer to the websites listed (see below; the link to this information is provided on each page of the questionnaire).
  • If you wish to withdraw your first set of questionnaire data, or withdraw from the study before completing the second set of questionnaires, please contact one of the principal investigators (contact details are listed below).

Are there any risks involved in participating?

It is possible that you may experience some psychological discomfort in answering some of the questions about past traumatic experiences and how they are currently affecting you. If you think that you may find it distressing to think about traumatic events that you have experienced then we advise that you do not participate in this study. If you decide to participate and become upset, a number of contact details are provided below, for services in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Remember also that your Doctor is a great source of assistance. You can also contact our clinical consultant Dr. Preeti Chauhan directly: pchauhan@jjay.cuny.edu

  • USA

    • The National Center for Victims of Crime (1-800-FYI-CALL or 1-800-211-7996) link victims with a variety of important services, including crisis intervention, information, counseling, and support groups. Website: www.ncvc.org
    • National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673) for services such as counseling, therapy, support groups, and advocacy. Website: www.rainn.org
    • Safe Helpline (1-877-995-5247) for sexual assault support for military personnel. Website: www.safehelpline.org
    • Safe Horizon (1-800-621-4673) for victims of violence. Website: www.safehorizon.org.
    • National Center for PTSD (1-800-273-8255): www.ptsd.va.gov
  • Canada

    • Canadian Mental Health Association (1-613-745-7750) provides referrals to specialized inpatient and outpatient mental health services. Website: www.cmha.ca.
    • Men’s Trauma Centre (1-866-793-6367) offers individual and group counseling for men who have experienced trauma. Website: www.menstrauma.com
    • Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (1-877-232-2610) for counseling, advocacy, crisis intervention, emergency shelter and referrals for crime victims. Website: www.crcvc.ca
  • New Zealand

    • Lifeline Aotearoa (24-hour helpline: 0800 543 354) for guidance to relieve distress. Website: www.lifeline.co.nz
    • Samaritans (24-hour helpline: 0800 726 666) for support, discussion and referrals in relation to traumatic issues. Website: www.samaritans.org.nz
    • Victim Support (0800 842 846) supports victims of crime and other trauma. Website: www.victimsupport.org.nz

Privacy and Confidentiality

  • We will use your email address to contact you in approximately three months time about the second set of questionnaires, and to match your responses from the two sets of questionnaires. This information will be kept confidential by the research team, and the link between the email address and the data will be destroyed with 6 months of being collected online.
  • We will keep your electronic consent information and data for at least five years after publication.
  • You will never be identified in our research project or in any other presentation or publication.
  • In accordance with the requirements of some scientific journals and organisations, your anonymous coded data may be shared with other competent researchers.
  • Your anonymous coded data may be used in other, related studies.

What happens to the information that you provide?

The data you provide may be used for one or more of the following purposes:
  • The overall findings may form part of a Masters dissertation, PhD thesis or undergraduate research p oject that will be submitted for assessment.
  • The overall findings may be submitted for publication in a scientific journal, or presented at scientific conferences.

What if I have questions about the study?

If you have any questions or concerns at any point in this study, whether they are about the study or your rights as a research participant, please feel free to contact one of the principal investigators directing the study:

Dr. Deryn StrangeDr. Melanie TakarangiRashelle Smith
Assistant ProfessorLecturerClinical Masters Student
John Jay College of Criminal JusticeFlinders UniversityFlinders University

Questions about your rights as a research participant may also be directed to the Chair of one of the committees that has approved this research:
Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (SBREC), Flinders University
Executive Officer: Andrea Mather, Research Services Office, phone +61 (0)8 8201 3116.< br /> Chair: Prof Paul Ward, Head, Flinders Public Health, phone +61 (0) 8 7221 8415.