Consent for participation

Principal Investigator                                     Faculty Supervisor
Brayden Boyd                                                  Dr. Melanie O’Neill
Fear and Anxiety Lab Member                     Psychology Faculty
Vancouver Island University                         Vancouver Island University 
braydenboyd@live.com                                melanie.oneill@viu.ca 

I am an undergraduate student at Vancouver Island University and a member of the Fear and Anxiety research lab. I would like to invite you to take part in this study, entitled “Effects of Covid-19.” This study aims to identify and explore the impact of Covid-19 within the community, specifically on mental health. This study is open to individuals who are at least 18 years of age. It is the hope of the principal investigator, along with a team of student researchers, that this research will contribute to the growing understanding of behaviours and mental health during Covid-19. 

Please note that this study does not provide a mental health diagnosis. If you have concerns regarding your mental health, please consider contacting your primary physician. 

You are being asked to voluntarily complete this online survey. The survey includes questions on topics such as how you feel about Covid-19. This survey should take approximately 30 to 35 minutes to complete.

There is no direct benefit to you for taking part in this study. It is hoped that this research will contribute to the future understanding of the impacts of Covid-19. You have the right to decline to answer any question you do not wish to answer, or you may withdraw from participation at any time by exiting out of your browser prior to clicking the ‘submit’ button at the end of the survey. If you choose to withdraw prior to submitting your responses, the information that you provided will not be used in this study. Please be aware that once you have submitted your responses, you may not withdraw from this study. If you wish to save a copy of this consent form, please save this webpage or take a screenshot. 

This survey is anonymous, which means that no personally identifiable information will be collected at any point. Please do not include your name or contextual information that might directly or indirectly identify you. 

SurveyMonkey is the website that is being used to collect your survey responses. Survey data will be stored on SurveyMonkey’s servers located in the United States, and is therefore subject to SurveyMonkey’s data management and privacy policies. For information on SurveyMonkey’s privacy policy, please see https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/legal/privacy-policy/. Please note that because SurveyMonkey stores data on servers located outside of Canada, the data that you provide would not be protected by Canadian privacy legislation, and may be accessed by the government of the United States in accordance with its laws.

All survey data will be deleted from SurveyMonkey’s servers within one year after completion of data collection, approximately January 1st, 2023. Data stored by the researchers will be password protected. Only the researchers will have access to the data as it is collected. All data will be destroyed after the completion of the study, which is expected to be by the end of December, 2026. 

The results of this study will be utilized at conference presentations and published in an academic journal. Products of the research will include only aggregate data, rather than individual responses.
Because your personal identity will not be collected, withdrawal from the study would not be possible once you click on the ‘submit’ button at the end of the survey.

Please note that this study is not intended to cause emotional and/or mental distress. Should you feel vulnerable at any time before, during, or after this study, please consider looking into one of the following resources for support:

https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/looking-for-local-resources-support/
https://cmha.ca/find-your-cmha

If you have any concerns about your treatment as a research participant in this study, please contact the Vancouver Island University Research Ethics Board at reb@viu.ca or call at (250)-740-6631. 

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* 1. I declare that I am at least 18 years of age and that I consent to participate in this research in accordance with the conditions described above

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