Gender Minority Adults’ Social Adjustment and Psychological Well-being:
An Online Survey
Principal Investigator: Professor Melissa Hines
Co-Investigator: Dr. Vickie Pasterski
Study Centre: University of Cambridge
You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask if anything is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to participate. Once you have read this sheet and made a decision, you will be asked to consent to take part in the study by completing a consent form.
What is the purpose of the study?
This research is being done to examine social adjustment and psychological well-being in gender minority adults. We are looking at a range of factors, such as personality, preferences, and experiences.
Why have you been chosen?
We are recruiting gender minority adults (aged 18 years or above). We broadly define gender minorities as individuals whose gender identity and/or expression do not conform to the norms for the individuals’ sex/gender assigned at birth (e.g., individuals with gender dysphoria, transgender individuals, individuals with non-binary gender identities, agender individuals, and etc). We are particularly interested in gender minorities, because we hope to learn more about how their well-being can be improved.
What will happen if you take part?
If you agree to participate in this online study, you will be asked to complete a task and a set of questionnaires that will take at least 20 minutes. The task will require you to identify emotions/thinking of people in photographs. The questionnaires will ask you about your background information, personality, preferences, behaviours, experiences, feelings, and well-being. Everything is online; you will not need to visit us in person. We understand that you may find certain questions personal. Please note that none of the questions are compulsory. Please answer as many questions as you feel comfortable doing so. All participants will be entered into a prize draw. There will be one £100 cash prize and one £50 cash prize.
What are the risks?
There are no risks associated with our study. Since the task and the questionnaires employed by our study are not clinical diagnostic tools, no clinically relevant information will arise regarding your well-being because of the survey. However, if you are concerned about your physical and/or mental health, please consult your doctor(s). There are no physical, psychological, social, economic, or legal risks associated with participating in this study, and all of your data will be kept confidential. If you would like to learn more about mental health conditions or get mental health support, you can find details of various organisations specialising in different conditions, including some 24-hour hotlines/support services, by visiting:
Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
All information collected about you during the course of this research study will be kept strictly confidential. We hope to publish the research findings in the near future. However, you will not be identifiable in any reports. At the end of the survey, we will ask participants who wish to be informed about research findings and publications as they become available to provide their email address. We cannot offer any individual feedback.
It’s your choice.
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part in our study. You are free to decide not to take part, and the quality of our interactions with you will not be affected by your decision. If you do decide to take part, you will be asked to complete a consent form. You remain free to withdraw from participating in the study at any time and without giving a reason. Again, this will not have any negative consequences.
The project has received ethical approval from the Psychology Research Ethics Committee of the University of Cambridge.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you have any questions or need any more information at any time, please contact Rowan Haslam at:
Gender Development Research Centre
Department of Psychology
University of Cambridge
Free School Lane
Tel: +44 7437185438
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