Welcome to the survey: Obstacles to help-seeking for Minor-Attracted Persons

Dear Research Participant:

Your participation in a research project is requested. The title of the study is Understanding Obstacles to Help-Seeking for Minor-Attracted Persons (MAPs). The research is being conducted by Dr. Jill Levenson, Professor of Social Work at Barry University, and Dr. Melissa Grady, Associate Professor of Social Work at Catholic University, and is funded by a RALIANCE grant. The aim of the study is to better understand the obstacles to seeking help for people who realize they may have sexual attractions to minors.

In accordance with this goal, you will be asked to complete a survey about your sexual interests, help-seeking experiences, counseling needs, and childhood experiences. If you decide to participate in this research, the survey will take about 20-30 minutes of your time. 

We appreciate your time and willingness to participate in this survey. As social science researchers, we strive to collect valid and reliable information. Duplicate data diminish the accuracy of the results, and this can actually harm the population we seek to help through science and social services. Therefore, please do not complete this survey more than once.

Your consent to be a research participant is strictly voluntary and you can decline to participate or choose to drop out at any time during the study, with no adverse effects.

There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this research. However, by taking part in this survey you will be contributing important knowledge for developing effective and ethical counseling services for MAPs.

The risks of involvement in this study are minimal and include that you may find that some of the questions are sensitive in nature, or you might be concerned that some answers could incriminate you in some way. However, you will not be asked any questions that could be incriminating, and the survey is anonymous and confidential and your identity will not be known.

As a research participant, information you provide is anonymous, and no names or other identifiers will be collected. SurveyMonkey.com allows researchers to suppress the delivery of IP addresses during the downloading of data, and in this study no IP address will be delivered to the researcher. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a protocol developed for transmitting private documents or information via the Internet. SSL creates a secure connection between a client and a server, encrypting sensitive information being transmitted through the web page. However, if you have concerns about privacy you should review the privacy policy of SurveyMonkey.com before you begin. https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/policy/privacy-policy/#respondents

The anonymous data will be stored securely and kept by the researcher for a minimum of five years after completion of the study.

By completing and submitting this electronic survey you are acknowledging that you are at least 18-years-old and that you voluntarily agree to participate in the study.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the study or your participation in the study, you may contact Dr. Jill Levenson, at 305-899-3923 (jlevenson@barry.edu) or the Institutional Review Board point of contact at Barry University, Barbara Cook, at (305)899-3020 or bcook@mail.barry.edu.

* 1. I am at least 18 years old and I agree to take this survey.

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