UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
THE SEM PROJECT: THE SEXUAL MINORITY COLLEGE STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT
Researchers: Richard H. Nobles, M.S. (principal investigator), Ana Mari Cauce, Ph.D., (primary advisor to the principal investigator), Marissa Corona, Rick Cruz, Sinead Hennessy, and Briana Woods
Department of Psychology | University of Washington | Box 351525 | Seattle, WA 98195-1525 | (206) 543-2199 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Researchers’ Statement: We are asking you to be in a research study. The purpose of this information statement is to give you the information you will need to help you decide whether to be in the study or not. Please read the form carefully. You may ask questions via phone or email about the purpose of the research, what we will ask you to do, the possible risks and benefits, your rights as a volunteer, and anything else about the research or this form that is not clear. Again, please remember that we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any information sent over email. You are advised to call the principal investigator, Richard Nobles, at 206.543.2199 if you have any questions. When we have answered all your questions, you can decide if you want to be in the study or not. This process is called “informed consent.” You may save or print a copy of this form for your records, or you may contact the principal investigator to request that a copy of the information statement be sent to you.
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this research project is to learn more about the mental health and life experiences of sexual minority (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, non-heterosexual, and people who have sex with others of the same sex) undergraduate college and university students in the United States who are aged 18 to 25.
Only enrolled undergraduate students who are at least 18 years of age and younger than 25 years of age are invited to participate in the study.
The purpose of the study is to help researchers understand how certain stressors affect the mental health of sexual minority undergraduates. We estimate that the survey will take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.
If you agree to take part in this study, you will fill out an online questionnaire. Please take your time to read each question carefully. The questionnaire includes a range of questions about your experiences, including questions about discrimination, stigma awareness, and homophobia. The questionnaire also includes questions about alcohol and drug consumption, sexual activity, and other questions about your current mental health. Some of the most sensitive questions included are about recent drugs and/or alcohol use (e.g., how much and often you consume alcohol), engaging in risky sexual behavior (e.g., if you have engaged in sexual behaviors in exchange for payment or drugs), your health status (e.g., if you have ever contracted a sexually transmitted disease), current feelings of depression or anxiety, experiences with physical or verbal victimization, and experiences with internalized homophobia (e.g., if you dislike yourself because of your sexual orientation). You do not have to answer questions you do not want to answer and you may exit the survey at any time.