Study Title Experiences of Stigma and Outcomes in those who are Sexually Attracted
Michael Seto, PhD.
Director, Forensic Research Unit,
University of Ottawa’s Institute of Mental Health at
(613) 345 1461
Martin Lalumière, PhD.
Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Ottawa
Coordinator and Point of Contact
Kailey Roche, MSc.
PhD Student, Forensic Research Unit
The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
You are being invited to
participate in a research study. You are
eligible to participate in this study if you are age 18 or older and if you
have a sexual attraction to children up to 14 years old.
As the survey is in English, you should also be confident in your ability to
understand the English language. Taking part in this study is voluntary, and there
is no financial compensation for completing this study.
THERE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST?
There are no conflicts of interest
to declare related to this study.
IS THIS STUDY BEING DONE?
Those who are sexually attracted to children are highly stigmatized by
society. The goal of this study is to better understand stigma and its impact
on those who are sexually attracted to children.
MANY PEOPLE WILL TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?
It is anticipated that about 350 people will take part in this
WILL HAPPEN DURING THIS STUDY?
The aim of
this study is to better understand stigma and its impact on those who are
sexually attracted to children. To achieve this, you will be provided with a
survey covering multiple topics:
- Age/gender attraction
- Mental health, including suicidality
- Social functioning
- Attitudes about adult/child contact
- Access to mental health care (both generally and for navigating sexual
- Social support and quality of support (online and offline)
We will NOT ask about previous or current sexual behaviour.
that the survey
about 45 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey is voluntary, and
you may choose not to take part, or to skip questions you do not wish to
answer. If you wish to exit the survey and remove your responses, please select
the “Leave survey and delete data” button which is present on each page. As responses
are anonymous, we will not be able to remove your responses from consideration
if you do not click this button.
results of the study should be known in about one
year (May 2023).
CAN PARTICIPANTS CHOOSE TO LEAVE THE STUDY?
choose to end your participation in this research (called withdrawal) at any
time without having to provide a reason. In order to withdraw, please click on
the “Leave survey and delete data” button which
is present on each survey page. As responses are anonymous, we will not be
able to remove your responses from consideration if you do not click this
ARE THE RISKS AND BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THIS STUDY?
Your participation in this study will
contribute to the growing literature on those with sexual attraction to
children, stigma, mental health, and well-being.
Some of the questions asked in this survey are
of a sensitive nature, such as the questions about mental health and
suicidality. Therefore, there is some emotional risk associated with this
survey; however, you are not obligated to answer these questions, and may skip
There is also some social risk associated with
taking this survey, due to the stigma associated with being identified as a
person who is sexually attracted to children. Considering this, we have made
efforts to safeguard your anonymity, and encourage you to take these further
the survey in a private area where you feel safe not being interrupted
not include identifying information in the open-ended questions.
WILL PARTICIPANT INFORMATION BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
If you decide to participate in
this study, the research team will only collect the information they need for
This study is confidential and anonymous. No
information that discloses your identity will be collected. As stated above, if
you would like to withdraw from the survey, you must select the “Leave and
delete data” button presented on each page of the survey. We will not be
able to remove your data otherwise as there is no way to connect you to your
data. Research records may be accessed by Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
Research Ethics Board in order to ensure continuing ethics compliance.
Your privacy is protected by the server at www.soscisurvey.de (no
storage of IP addresses; use of SSL encryption with a signed certificate;
server is secured against unauthorized access according to common standards;
access to the server is SSH-encrypted; the questionnaires do not use any
cookies). The data you provide is securely held on a server in Germany. There
is very little risk associated with storing data in an outside server in
Germany and it is protected by the highest level of encryption available (TLS
1.2). In fact, “in an international comparison, Germany offers a very high
level of data protection - both with regard to the obligations of companies as
well as with regard to governmental/agency access and interference” (see https://www.soscisurvey.de/en/privacy). Further,
the data are subject to legal regulations such as the Federal Data Protection
Act, and the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
After data collection has been completed, the data will be
downloaded and converted to a password protected dataset. This dataset will be
kept on a password protected computer and stored on a secure server at The
Royal Health Care Group. Subsequently,
the data will be deleted from the SoSci server. Data will be kept for ten
years. Only those belonging to the research team will have access to this data.
The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group Research Ethics Board may also access this
data if needed.
This research study is collecting
information on race and ethnicity as well as other characteristics of
individuals because these characteristics
may be related to participants’ experiences. Providing information on your
race or ethnic origin is voluntary.
analysis, a summary of aggregated results will be posted on various forums for
those with sexual attraction to children. Further, aggregated results may be
published and/or presented at conferences.
If the results of this study are
published, you will remain anonymous and confidential. It is expected that the
information collected during this study will be posted on various forums for those with sexual attraction to children.
Further, results may be published and/or presented at conferences.
STUDY PARTICIPANTS PAID TO BE IN THIS STUDY?
You will not be paid for taking
part in this study.
ARE THE RIGHTS OF PARTICIPANTS IN A RESEARCH STUDY?
You have the right to be informed
of the results of this study once the entire study is complete. If you would
like to be informed of the results of this study, please contact the research
team. Please remember that if you want to remain anonymous, you should
contact Kailey or the Research Ethics Board.
You may also contact Kailey through Twitter (@KaileyRoche). If you
choose to contact the researchers or the Research Ethics Board using your real
identity, we will be aware of your potential participation in the study, but we
will not be able to connect you to your individual responses.
Your rights to privacy are legally
protected by federal and provincial laws that require safeguards to ensure that
your privacy is respected.
By signing this form, you do not
give up any of your legal rights against
researchers or involved institutions for compensation, nor does this form relieve the researchers or their agents of their legal and professional
DO PARTICIPANTS CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS?
If you have questions about taking
part in this study, please contact Kailey Roche at firstname.lastname@example.org
This study has been reviewed and
approved by the Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research REB as study #2022006. If you have any
ethical concerns about the study, or the way it is conducted, please contact
the REB office: email@example.com
Title: Experiences of Stigma and Outcomes in
those who are Sexually Attracted to Children