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Consent for Participation in a Research Study
Bisexual Women’s Sexual Experiences, Discrimination, and Coping
Laurel B. Watson, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)
Raquel Craney, B.A. (Student Co-Researcher)
Sydney K. Morgan, M.A. (Student Co-Researcher)
Request to Participate
You are being asked to take part in a research study. This study is being conducted online and through the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The researcher in charge of this study is Dr. Laurel Watson. Although the study will be ran by her, other qualified persons who work with her may act for her.
Research studies only include people who choose to take part. This document is called a consent form. Please read this consent form carefully and take your time making your decision. This consent form explains what to expect: possible risks, discomforts, and benefits if you consent to be in the study.
The study team is asking you to take part in this research study because you a) identify as a bisexual woman (
or identify with the experience of being a woman who is attracted to
people of the same gender and people of genders different than you
, b) are 18 years of age or older, and c) live in the United States. We are recruiting bisexual women in order to learn more about their sexual experiences, discrimination, coping, and how this affects their distress. You will be one of about 400 or more subjects in the study.
Prior research has shown that bisexual women encounter unique forms of discrimination and also experience sexual abuse at higher rates than heterosexual and lesbian women. These experiences may be related to harmful mental health outcomes among bisexual individuals. We hope to learn more about how bisexual women cope with these experiences, and how these coping mechanisms may relate to mental health concerns.
If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a single online survey. This survey contains seven short and medium-length questionnaires. It should take approximately 20 to 30 minutes for you to complete. You may complete this survey online on any computer at any time. You will only be involved in the study for the time it takes you to complete the survey. You may choose not to answer certain questions, take a break, or withdraw from the study altogether without penalty. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Following your completion of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter a raffle by providing your email address to win one of eight $25 amazon.com giftcards. The raffle link will be disconnected from your survey responses.
Risks and Inconveniences
The physical risks of taking part in this research study are not expected to be more than the risks in your daily life. However, you may experience mild psychological discomfort when answering some of the survey questions, which include questions about discrimination, sexual experiences, and distress. Please select this link if you believe you may benefit from mental health referrals. There are no other known risks to you if you choose to take part in this study.
You may gain insight into your experiences of discrimination, coping, and distress by answering the questions in the online survey. In addition, other people may benefit in the future from the information about bisexual women’s sexual and discriminatory experiences.
Fees and Expenses
There are no fees or expenses to you for participating in this study.
If you meet the participation criteria and complete the online survey, you may choose to be entered into a raffle to receive one of eight $25.00 gift cards to amazon.com. Odds of winning depend upon the number of subjects who enter the raffle, but are expected to be about 1/50.
Alternatives to Study Participation
The alternative is not to participate in the study.
All survey data is collected anonymously so it will not contain any identifying information. The “collect IP” feature for this survey has been disabled. Information from the raffle is disconnected from survey results. While every effort will be made to keep confidential all of the information you provide, it cannot be absolutely guaranteed. Individuals from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institutional Review Board (a committee that reviews and approves research studies), Research Protections Program, and Federal regulatory agencies may look at records related to this study in the event that they need to ensure quality improvement and regulatory functions. Although it is not the University’s policy to compensate or provide medical treatment for persons who participate in studies, if you feel that you have been injured as a result of participating in this study, please call the UMKC IRB administrator at (816) 235-5927.
In Case of Injury
The University of Missouri-Kansas City appreciates people who help it gain knowledge by being in research studies. It is not the University’s policy to pay for or provide medical treatment for persons who are in studies. If you think you have been harmed because you were in this study, please call the researcher, Dr. Laurel Watson, at (816) 235-2489, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contacts for Questions about the Study
You should contact the Office of UMKC’s Institutional Review Board at 816-235-5927 if you have any questions, concerns or complaints about your rights as a research subject. You may call the researcher Dr. Laurel Watson at (816) 235-2489 or email her at email@example.com if you have any questions about this study. You may also contact her if any problems come up.
Taking part in this research study is voluntary. If you choose to be in the study, you are free to stop participating at any time and for any reason.
You have read this Consent Form. You have been told why this research is being done and what will happen if you take part in the study, including the risks and benefits. You have had the chance to ask questions, and you may ask questions at any time in the future by calling Dr. Laurel Watson at (816) 235-2489 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. By selecting the “Next” button below, you volunteer and consent to take part in this research study.
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