1. Study Information Sheet and Consent

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Dear Participant,
You are invited to participate in a research study examining the relationship between emotional functioning and traumatic experience. This study represents the doctoral dissertation research of Rasha C. Khalaf, M.A., under the supervision of Mary Lamia, Ph.D.
In order to participate, you must be 18 years of age or older, must live in the United States, currently or formerly have held refugee status or be in the process of seeking asylum.
Purpose of the study

The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of the way stressful life events impact feelings and attitudes towards other people.

If you meet the requirements and agree to be in this study, you will be asked to complete a Demographic Survey and four (4) measures related to emotional functioning and stress. We anticipate that your total time commitment will take about 15-20 minutes. Completion of the survey serves as your consent to participate. 

Risks and Benefits of being in the study

There is minimal risk to the participants of the study. Participants may experience some mild psychological discomfort or anxiety when thinking about or discussing issues relating to stressful life experience. 
Participants are encouraged to contact researchers with any questions or issues that arise during or after the survey administration. Should you experience any distress when answering questions in this study, you may contact the National Crisis Hotline at: 1-800-273-8255 free of charge. Participants may choose not to participate or may discontinue their participation at any point by merely exiting the survey.  


Upon completion of the survey, you may submit your email address for the chance to win a $200 gift card. When the study is closed, I will email the printable gift card to the randomly selected winner. The findings from this study also may provide notable benefits to society. Understanding how persons with refugee status and others who seek asylum, including those who have been exposed to or experience stress and interact with others may lead to the development of more beneficial approaches to helping persons of refugee status improve their social and emotional lives.

All information collected during the course of this study will be done so anonymously and confidentially. This means that there will be no way to identify anyone who has completed the surveys, and as such, individual responses will not be identifiable. The data you provide will only be accessible to the principal investigator and the research team. Information collected through your participation may be published in a professional journal or presented at a professional meeting in a group aggregate format. 


Voluntary Nature of the Study

Participation in this study is voluntary. If you do participate, you are free to withdraw at any time by closing the web browser or by discontinuing the survey. 

Contacts and Questions

If you have any questions about this study, please contact Rasha C. Khalaf, M.A. by phone at (510) 883-3261 or rkhalaf@wi.edu, or Mary Lamia, Ph.D. at mlamia@wi.edu. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this study and would like to talk to someone other than the researchers, you are encouraged to contact the Committee for Human Subjects Research at The Wright Institute, 2728 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, (510) 841-9230. This project has been approved by The Wright Institute Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects. All reports or correspondence will be kept confidential.