You are being invited to participate in a research study. Before you decide to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being undertaken and what it will involve. Take your time to read the following information carefully. Please ask if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take your time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.
Your co-operation is requested to help further understand the attitudes towards reporting sexual abuse to the authorities from the perspective of the Orthodox Jewish Community and measure the knowledge and beliefs on the topic. Previous research into attitudes towards reporting sexual abuse to the authorities has been carried out within mainstream western culture, while neglecting the perceptions, attitudes and understanding of the subject within smaller ethnic communities. This research will focus specifically on the Orthodox Jewish community and investigate their knowledge and beliefs towards sexual abuse and their attitudes towards reporting it to the authorities.
It is hoped that the findings of this research will aid understanding of the impact religion and the Jewish community has on the motivations and attitudes towards sexual abuse and reporting it to the authorities. Thus further enabling both professionals and public services such as the police to support and facilitate the Jewish community.
You will be asked to complete a survey with statements relating to sexual abuse and need to select the appropriate response on a measuring scale consisting of strongly agree, agree, disagree and strongly disagree.
Dealing with a subject matter of this sensitive nature, some may find it uncomfortable or triggering. However, we would ask you to answer these questions as honestly as possible. Should you feel worried about the way you are feeling or thoughts you may have after completing this questionnaire, further support and assistance can be found on www.mind.org.uk or by calling 0300 123 3393.
You will be asked asked to print your name and date a consent form prior to participating. Your answers will be treated with strict confidentiality. Participation in this research is entirely voluntary. You do not have to take part if you do not want to. If you decide to take part you may withdraw at any time without giving a reason.
There are four parts to this survey and it should take you about ten minutes to complete.
All proposals for research using human participants are reviewed by an Ethics Committee before they can proceed. The Middlesex Psychology Department’s Ethics Panel has reviewed this proposal.
Thank you for reading this information which you may keep for future reference. I can be contacted by email on YG086@live.mdx.ac.uk or my supervisor Miranda Horvath on M.Horvath@mdx.ac.uk with any concerns or questions you may have.