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Study Information


We invite you to take part in our study investigating the psychology, behaviours, and experiences of minor-attracted persons. Please take some time to read through this information sheet to learn more about the purpose of our research and what will happen should you choose to participate. Your participation is completely voluntary, and you have the right to withdraw at any time. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Dr. Rebecca Lievesley (Principal Investigator), Dr. Craig Harper (Co-Investigator), or Daniella Greenfield (Postgraduate Researcher) and we will be happy to answer to the best of our ability. Contact details can be found at the end of this form.


WHAT IS THIS STUDY ABOUT?

The purpose of this survey is to explore the experiences of minor-attracted persons (MAPs), specifically focusing on behaviours, wellbeing, and attractions. MAPs are a relatively understudied group. As such, little is known about their lived experiences. This survey forms part of a larger piece of research where we hope to be able to contribute to the development of more effective mental health support strategies and services.


WHAT WILL TAKING PART INVOLVE?

Should you choose to take part, you will be completing a series of questionnaires via this online survey. These questionnaires are varied, asking about subjects such as your behaviours, the way you think about things, your attractions, and your wellbeing.


WHY HAVE YOU BEEN INVITED TO TAKE PART?

You have been invited and/or volunteered to take part because you have self-identified as a minor-attracted person, or are a member of an online community for minor-attracted persons.


DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE PART?

No. You do not have to take part, and you can withdraw your data after completing the survey should you change your mind. If you would like to withdraw after you have completed the survey, you may do this within two weeks (fourteen days). To withdraw your data, please contact us at the email addresses provided below with your self-generated ID number, and your data will be deleted.


WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE RISKS AND BENEFITS OF TAKING PART?

There are no direct risks or benefits of participating in this study. It is possible that some of the questions may cause you a degree of emotional distress due to the sensitive nature of certain questions. For example, we will ask some questions about your emotional health and wellbeing. You will be provided with multiple links to secure support services that can help you through this. We hope for this research to improve the quality of support for MAPs, so your participation is greatly valued.


WILL TAKING PART BE CONFIDENTIAL?

Yes. All data is anonymously recorded – none of your answers can be linked back to you, and no information relating to IP addresses are collected in relation to this survey. Participants will only be identified through numeric codes, and should you email us with questions or to withdraw, your personal contact details will be destroyed after addressing your query. Please note that if you email us to withdraw your data from an address that identifies who you are, this may mean that you are no longer anonymous. You are able to create an anonymous email address to contact us if you would like to stay anonymous when withdrawing your data.


*However, we will be obligated to make a report in the following scenarios:*


You provide self-identifying details and...


Report a non-convicted instance of abuse against a child.

Report plans to abuse a child.

Report plans to harm yourself or others.


Please note that we will not ask for any self-identifying information in the survey.


HOW WILL INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE BE RECORDED, STORED AND PROTECTED?

As stated above, all data anonymously, which means that no information is collected that might lead to us knowing who you are. Data will be stored on secure, password-protected computers, and will only be used for the purposes of this study. Your data will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team. Any data that is used for a publication or dissertation will be completely non-identifiable.


WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY?

The data will be analysed by the research team and results are intended to be published in various scientific journals and presented at research conferences. The data will also be utilised for a master’s dissertation project.


We thank you for your consideration of our study. You will find our contact details below.


Dr. Rebecca Lievesley, Principal Investigator

Department of Psychology

Nottingham Trent University

50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ, UK

Email: rebecca.lievesley@ntu.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)115 848 2620


Dr. Craig Harper, Co-Investigator

Department of Psychology

Nottingham Trent University

50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ, UK

Email: craig.harper@ntu.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)115 848 4718


Daniella Greenfield, Postgraduate Researcher

N0958811@my.ntu.ac.uk


Please indicate your consent to taking part below.


Dr. Craig Harper – 2021