Consent for Participation in a Research Study

Consent for Participation in a Research Study: Sexual Minority Men's Social Experiences and Body Image

Laurel Watson, PhD; Christopher Davids, MA; Morgan Grotewiel, BA; Dagoberto Heredia, BA; Michelle Farrell, BA

Request to Participate

You are being asked to take part in a research study. This study is being conducted online through the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The researcher in charge of this study is Dr. Laurel Watson. While the study will be run by her, other qualified persons who work with her may act for her.

Research studies only include people who choose to take part. This document is called a consent form. Please read this consent form carefully and take your time making your decision. This consent form explains what to expect: the risks, discomforts, and benefits, if any, if you consent to be in the study.


The study team is asking you to take part in this research study because you identify as a sexual minority man (gay, bisexual, omni-sexual, or questioning) over age 18. We are recruiting sexual minority men because we want to examine the unique ways that your experiences relate to your body image. You will be one of about 300 subjects in the study.


Prior research has shown that sexual minority males have many negative experiences in society. These experiences may affect their body image. We want to explore the unique ways in which sexual minority males’ social experiences affect their body image.


If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a single online survey. This survey contains eight short and medium-length questionnaires. It should take approximately 30 minutes for you to complete. You may complete this survey online on any computer, but you must complete it in one sitting. You cannot save your responses and return to it later. You will only be involved in the study for the time it takes you to complete the survey.

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Even if you do agree to participate, you have the option to not answer certain survey questions. If you wish to withdraw from this study while taking the online survey, please close the survey window; your responses will only be collected if you complete the survey.

Risks and Inconveniences

The physical risks of taking part in this research study are not expected to be more than the risks in your daily life. However, you may experience mild to moderate psychological discomfort when answering some of the survey questions, which include questions about sexual harassment. There are no other known risks to you if you choose to take part in this study.


You may gain insight into your experiences and body image by answering the questions in the online survey. In addition, other people may benefit in the future from the information about sexual minority men’s experiences and body image that comes from this study.

Fees and Expenses

There are no fees or expenses to you for participating in this study.


If you meet the participation criteria and complete the online survey, you may choose to be entered into a raffle to receive one of eight $25.00 gift cards to Odds of winning depend upon the number of subjects who enter the raffle, but are expected to be about 1:25.

Alternatives to Study Participation

The alternative is not to participate in the study.


All data is collected anonymously so it will not contain any identifying information. The “collect IP” feature for this survey has been disabled. While every effort will be made to keep confidential all of the information you provide, it cannot be absolutely guaranteed. Individuals from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institutional Review Board (a committee that reviews and approves research studies), Research Protections Program, and Federal regulatory agencies may look at records related to this study in the event that they need to ensure quality improvement and regulatory functions. Although it is not the University’s policy to compensate or provide medical treatment for persons who participate in studies, if you feel that you have been injured as a result of participating in this study, please call the IRB Administrator of UMKC’s Social Sciences Institutional Review Board at (816) 235-5927.

In Case of Injury

The University of Missouri-Kansas City appreciates people who help it gain knowledge by being in research studies. It is not the University’s policy to pay for or provide medical treatment for persons who are in studies. If you think you have been harmed because you were in this study, please call the researcher, Dr. Laurel Watson, at (816) 235-2489, or email her at

If you experience discomfort, anxiety, or other distressing emotions while taking this survey and would like to discuss them with a counselor, you may click here for a list of free or low-cost resources.

Contacts for Questions about the Study

You should contact the Office of UMKC’s Social Sciences Institutional Review Board at 816-235-5927 if you have any questions, concerns or complaints about your rights as a research subject. You may call the researcher Dr. Laurel Watson at (816) 235-2489 or email her at if you have any questions about this study. You may also contact her if any problems come up.

* Voluntary Participation

Taking part in this research study is voluntary. If you choose to be in the study, you are free to stop participating at any time and for any reason.

You have read this Consent Form. You have been told why this research is being done and what will happen if you take part in the study, including the risks and benefits. You have had the chance to ask questions, and you may ask questions at any time in the future by calling Dr. Laurel Watson at (816) 235-2489 or emailing her at By checking the box next to the statement “I agree to participate in this study” below, you volunteer and consent to take part in this research study.