IF YOU ARE A BLACK WOMAN BORN IN A YEAR FROM 1971 THROUGH 1982 AND RAISED IN THE U.S. you are invited to take part in a research study regarding the impact of spirituality on black women’s processes of creating and interpreting music.
What the study is about: This study is designed to gain a better understanding of how black women in the hip-hop generation make spiritual meaning and the importance of music in their perceptions of spirituality. For a more information on this study please see the project description page on my website at http://web.me.com/anayamc/Spirituality_and_Music.
What you will be asked to do: As a participant, you will be asked to anonymously complete a survey, which could take as few as 15 and up to 45 minutes depending on how quickly you work. This survey will gauge spiritual perceptions, personal preferences concerning female artists in a variety of musical genres, popular music associated with spirituality, and definitions of hip-hop culture.
Risks and Benefits: There are minimal risks associated with participating in this research project. Participants are unlikely to experience anxiety or stress in relation to this study, however because issues of spirituality can be very emotional and possibly tied to difficult life situations there is always a possibility that participants could experience some discomfort. This research is not designed to help you personally, but the results may help me learn more about the significance of spirituality for black women in the hip-hop generation. I hope that, in the future, other people might benefit from this study through improved understanding of both the commonalities and vast differences among black women’s spiritual beliefs and practices as well as the methods necessary for a more complicated and comprehensive analysis of black women’s music and spiritual traditions.
Taking part is voluntary: Your participation in this research is completely voluntary. You may choose not to take part at all. If you decide to participate in this research, you may stop participating at any time. If you decide not to participate in this study or if you stop participating at any time, you will not be penalized or lose any benefits to which you otherwise qualify.
Anonymity: Your participation in this study is completely anonymous. However, remember that any communications taking place via the Internet are always at risk for privacy violations. If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, it can be downloaded by visiting my website at http://web.me.com/anayamc/Spirituality_and_Music. Please print, complete, and mail the survey to Anaya McMurray P.O. Box 29104 Chicago, Ill 60629-0104. If you choose to mail your survey please do not include any identifying information when addressing the envelope. If your name, or other identifying information is included as a part of a return mailing address, prior to viewing the survey, it will be separated from any identifying information. If you wish to participate in other aspects of the study please do not include any identifying information with the survey. Instead email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-732-0884.