1. Introduction

Experiment Protocol # 08-391

Dr. Mitch Earleywine
Department of Psychology
University at Albany

Study Description
You are being asked to participate in a research study. We are examining military experiences and responses to stress. The study is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Mitch Earleywine, Department of Psychology through the University at Albany.

Your participation in this research study involves completing several computerized questionnaires. These ask about your work in the military, exposure to combat, emotions, expected effects of drugs, and use of legal and illegal drugs. Your information is completely anonymous and stored by a subject number only.

Participation in this study is expected to take about 30 minutes, depending upon your internet connection speed. At the end of the survey you will have the opportunity to enter your email address for inclusion in a raffle for a first prize of $250 worth of amazon.com gift cards or a second prize $100 worth of amazon.com gift cards.

Due to the nature of the experimental design there is a chance that you may feel slightly uncomfortable answering some of the questions. We would like to remind you that your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. You may skip questions that you feel uncomfortable answering at anytime without any penalty to you as a participant. Your decision to discontinue participating before the end of the study will not result in the penalty or loss of benefits to which you may otherwise have been entitled.

Some of the questions involve information about illegal behavior. We have made great efforts to protect your confidentiality, but there is a small possibility of a confidentiality breach. Please read the section below on confidentiality. Given the sensitive and illegal nature of some of the topics, you may feel slightly embarrassed when answering some of the questions.

While we anticipate no direct benefits to you, others may benefit through the contribution you make to increased knowledge about factors that influence personal characteristics, emotions, and decisions to use various drugs.

All information obtained in this study is strictly confidential unless disclosure is required by law. Since you do not provide information about your identity, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to connect your answers to who you are. In addition, the Institutional Review Board and University or government officials responsible for monitoring this study may inspect these records.

It is important for you to know that questionnaire data will be collected via www.surveymonkey.com. While we do not anticipate any problems associated with using this service, there is always some risk of a confidentiality breach associated with using the internet. In order to ensure your privacy and confidentiality, all of your responses will be coded with a subject ID number. We will not obtain your name nor any information that might directly relate you to the subject ID number or identify you as a participant. The one exception is your email address, which we will give you the option to provide should you like to be involved in a raffle for a prize upon completing the survey. At the end of the survey, you will receive a secret number and a separate email address to send you email address to. This way, your answers can't be connected to your email address or your identity.

We will take every step possible to ensure your confidentiality, including limiting access to Surveymonkey data only to those individuals necessary to conduct the study. All data collected online during this study will be stored in a password protected account and any data obtained in the laboratory or downloaded will be secured in locked filing cabinets or password protected computers. After a period of seven years, all materials will be destroyed and discarded.