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This study is being conducted as part of a PhD project and aims to examine how environmental pressures cause us to develop in a certain way, and whether there is an association between these choices and mental wellbeing. This study will also explore how our expectations, thoughts, and behaviours are related to our mental wellbeing. Your participation in this project will involve providing basic demographic information (e.g., age, sex, socioeconomic status, relationship status, and ethnicity) and responding to a number of developmental questions. These questions will require you to provide information about social and family relationships, religion, puberty, childhood experiences, attitudes toward sex, and sexual relations. You will also be asked to respond to questions regarding your expectations, thoughts, and behaviours. This study also involves a series of questions regarding your mental health and wellbeing, and substance use. 

The survey will take approximately 50 minutes to complete. You are welcome to skip questions that you do not wish to answer; however, please note that if you miss a large number of questions your data may not be included in the final sample. You also have the right to discontinue the survey at any time. Please note that throughout the survey you may find yourself reflecting on your current and previous mental state. While completing this survey you may experience feelings of mild distress or discomfort; however, we do not foresee the possible risks associated with participation beyond those encountered during everyday life.

The responses that you provide will remain anonymous and hence cannot be identified in the reporting of the research. The researcher cannot guarantee the confidentiality or anonymity of material transferred by email or the internet. The results of the survey may be published; however, all records containing personal information will remain anonymous. All records containing personal information will remain confidential and no information which could lead to identification of any individual will be released, unless required by law.

The data will be kept for a minimum period of 5 years as per requirements set out by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and the University's policy of ownership and retention of data and the requirements of some academic journals. The data will be stored securely on the University campus and only members of the research team will have access to this data. In some cases, journals will require that the data are made available; however, the researchers can assure you that the information that you provide will remain anonymous. The information that you provide during this survey may also be used in future research. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey you can email the researcher or research supervisor. If you wish to receive a summary of results at the conclusion of the study please contact Bianca Kahl via email: 

- Bianca Kahl (bianca.kahl@mymail.unisa.edu.au) PhD Candidate 
- Dr Phil Kavanagh (pkavanagh@isn.edu.au or phil.kavanagh@unisa.edu.au) Supervisor

Those who complete the survey may opt to go in the draw to win one of four E-Gift Cards (1 x $200, 1 x $100, 2 x $50). Just follow the link on the final page! 
This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number: 200339). If you have any ethical concerns about the project or questions about your rights as a participant please contact the Executive Officer of the UniSA Committee, Tel: +61 8 8302 3118; Email: vicki.allen@unisa.edu.au. Participants or third parties who wish to lodge a complaint about either the study or the way it is being conducted should contact the Executive Officer of UniSA HREC in the first instance, email: humanethics@unisa.edu.au or Tel: 8302 3118.

Should you experience any emotional distress arising from your participation in this survey you can contact your psychologist or your GP or a number of free mental health services: 

Lifeline Australia (Ph: 131 114) 
Beyond Blue (Ph: 1300 224 636) 
Suicide Call Back Service (Ph: 1300 659 467)
Mens Line Australia (Ph: 1300 789 978) 

Kind regards
Bianca Kahl
PhD Candidate, BPsych(Hons)
School of Psychology, Social Work, and Social Policy
University of South Australia