Informed Consent

You are being asked to participate in an online (web-based) survey titled “The Association Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Enlistment Motivation on Veteran Reintegration to Civilian Life” led by Patrick M. Mendez, PhD student, Keiser University.

General Information: There are some things you should know about this study. The purpose of this study is to explore the possible influence on veterans’ reintegration outcomes based on (a) childhood abuse and neglect and (b) veterans’ reasons for joining the military. If you choose to participate you will be asked to answer questions via an online survey. Participation in the study should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

There are foreseeable risks in participating in this study as answering questions may cause participants to re-experience the trauma. Therefore, below is the contact information for military trauma counselors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Participants will have the ability to download and print a copy of the consent, so they have it after they begin the survey. This study will have practical beneficial implications, as the results between various measures being studied and reintegration outcomes will provide practitioners and policymakers with a better understanding of developing reintegration policy and programs for veterans who experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

National Center for PTSD

If you need help right away:
Call 1-800-273-8255 (Veterans Press "1")
Chat online with a counselor
Call 911 or visit a local emergency room

Confidentiality: We will keep the information you share confidential and will not share your personal information beyond the research team. This survey is anonymous and there is no identifying information requested in this study. Please do not include your name or identifiable information in your responses.

Voluntary Participation: Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary.  You may refuse to participate in this research. Such refusal will not have any negative consequences for you. If you begin to participate in the research, you may at any time, for any reason, discontinue your participation without any negative consequences. You may skip questions you do not want to answer at any time during this survey. Some survey questions require a response, but if you do not feel comfortable answering them, please select the option “prefer not to answer.”

This research is in affiliation with Keiser University and has been certified by the Keiser University Institutional Review Board, Protocol Number IRB000SC20PP51.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding participants’ rights, please contact the IRB Chair at (954) 318-1620. You may contact the IRB Chair, principal investigator Patrick Mendez,, (717) 380-9933 or faculty advisor Dr. Laurie Slifka,, (754) 444-8195 with questions or concerns.

Consent: By clicking below, you are indicating you are 18 years of age or older, have read the information above, and voluntarily agree to participate in this study.

Please print a copy of this consent for your records.

Question Title

* 1. I have read and understood the above information concerning participation in this study.  By clicking below, I am indicating that I am 18 years of age or older, and voluntarily agree to participate in this study.