Cooper IRB Number: 22-062
IRB Approval Date: 4/21/2022
IRB Expiration Date: No Expiration Date
Title: A cross-sectional survey of transgender and non-binary individuals' needs and protective factors.
Principal Investigator: Christina Goodwin, PhD
What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this study is to assess the social, medical, and mental health status and needs of transgender-identifying individuals and non-binary-identifying individuals living in southern New Jersey. This is a research project being conducted by Christina Goodwin, PhD at Cooper University Hospital. You are invited to participate in this research project because you identify as a transgender or non-binary adult who lives in South Jersey. The survey is written in English, therefore ability to read English is required for participation.
Your participation in this research study is voluntary. You may choose not to participate. If you decide to participate in this study, you may withdraw at any time. If you decide not to participate in this study, or if you withdraw from participating at any time, you will not be penalized.
Will you be paid for participation?
You will be entered into a raffle for one (1) of twenty (20) $100 Visa gift cards for completing this survey. We plan to recruit approximately 300 participants. One (1) out of every 15 people will win a Visa gift card. If you stop participating before you complete the survey, you will not be entered into the raffle. You cannot complete this survey more than once.
What does this study involve?
Participation involves filling an online survey that will take approximately 20 minutes. Questions about your demographics such as age, sex, gender, your zipcode, your mental and physical health and needs, and your well-being will be asked in the survey. If you would prefer to complete this survey off-line, you can contact Christina Goodwin at Goodwin-Christina@cooperhealth.edu or 856-342-3266 and request that a survey with a pre-paid return envelope be mailed to you.
How will information about you be kept private?
Information about you related to this study will be kept as private as possible. All data are stored in a password protected electronic format. Only your zipcode will be connected to your survey responses. If you wish to participate in the raffle, identifying information such as your name, phone number, and email address will be collected with an electronic form that is completely separate from your survey responses.
To be entered into the raffle, we will need your name, email address, and phone number so that we can contact you if you are a winner; you can decline to share contact information if you wish. The information you provide to enter the raffle is not connected with your survey responses. You will also be given the opportunity to keep your contact information on file and to be contacted about future research studies. If you decline to have your contact information retained for future research, your name, email address, and phone number will be destroyed once the raffle is completed.
What benefits are there?
You will not benefit directly from participating in the study.
What risks are there?
Some of the questions we will ask you are about sensitive issues. You do not have to answer those questions if you do not want to. While we believe that this study presents no more than minimal risk to you, there is concern for unauthorized disclosure of your information. Although every effort to protect confidentiality will be made, no guarantee of internet survey security can be given as, although unlikely, transmission can be intercepted and IP addresses can be identified. However, we have taken steps to prevent this from occurring as much as