Unit Cohesion in the Military

 
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1. You are invited to participate in a research study measuring the effect the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has had on unit cohesion in the military. This project has been approved by the Pacific University IRB and will be completed by April 2012. Only military personnel who are 18 years old or older are eligible to participate.

Upon review and approval of this informed consent, you will be asked to fill out a short demographic questionnaire and a brief survey. It is estimated that the time commitment for your participation will be 10-15 minutes.

It is possible that participation in this study may expose you (or an embryo or fetus, if you are or become pregnant) to currently unforeseeable risks. Risk involved with participation in this study is minimal. It is possible that you could experience some emotional discomfort while filling out the survey. If such distress occurs, you have the option to withdraw from the study at any time without consequence. Furthermore, you have the option to contact the primary investigators, Kimberly Coppersmith (copp5883@pacificu.edu) or Blair Hamel (bhamel@pacificu.edu) to report harm incurred by participation in the study, at which point, you will be referred to appropriate mental health services. This study does not involve experimental clinical trial(s). The IRB office will be notified by the next normal business day if minor adverse events occur (e.g., mild emotional distress) and will be handled as follows: appropriate mental health referrals will be made. The IRB office will be notified within 24 hours if major adverse events occur (e.g., severe psychological and/or emotional distress) and will be handled as follows: appropriate mental health referrals will be made. It should be noted that investigators will only be aware of adverse events if participants choose to report them to the primary investigators.


There is no direct benefit to you as a study participant. Participants will not be paid for their participation.

Many measures will be taken to ensure your confidentiality in this study. To begin with, no identifying information will be requested, leaving all responses to survey questions completely anonymous. However, the security of information transmitted through the internet cannot be guaranteed. This survey is administered through a group SurveyMonkey account. Any person with access to this account (Pacific University School of Professional Psychology researchers), regardless of whether or not they are directly involved in this study, has unrestricted access to all aspects of the survey. To ensure the highest level of confidentiality possible, your IP address will not be tracked, and all electronic data files will be password protected and stored on a password protected laptop. Upon completion of the study, all data will be deleted from SurveyMonkey. It should be noted that the investigators are in no way affiliated with the military. This study is not funded by the military and all data will be completely confidential from all military personnel.

During your participation in this project, it is important to understand that you are not a Pacific University clinic patient or client, nor will you be receiving complete mental health care as a result of your participation in this study. if you are injured during your participation in this study and it is not due to negligence by Pacific University, the investigators, or any organization associated with the research, you should not expect to receive compensation or medical care from Pacific University, the investigators, or any organization associated with the study.

Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with Pacific University or the United States military. If you decide to participate, you are free to not answer any question or withdraw at any time without prejudice or negative consequences. If you choose to withdraw after beginning the study, any data you have
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