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Public Perceptions of Minor-Attracted People and their Effect on Wellbeing of Minor-Attracted People

Information Sheet for MAP Participants

My name is Charlotte Lindo and I am a Master’s student at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. I am conducting a study looking at how the general public view minor-attracted people (MAPs) and how these perceptions correlate with how minor-attracted people think that the public views them. An additional aim is to assess the effect that public and individual perceptions have on the wellbeing of MAPs. Data will be collected for this study using an online questionnaire. Two samples will be recruited: a general population sample and a sample of people who identify as minor-attracted.

You are invited to take part in this study if you identify as someone who is sexually attracted to minors (i.e people under the age of 16), you are fluent in English, and you are aged 18 or over.

Advertisements for this study have been posted on a variety of websites that may be accessed by individuals with minor-attraction, including Facebook, Twitter, b4UAct, Virtuous Paedophiles, Reddit 4chan, Girl Chat, Boy Chat and Visions of Alice.

If you choose to take part in this study, your involvement in this project will be to fill out an online questionnaire. The questionnaire asks about demographic details (e.g. age and gender), your thoughts about minor attraction and how this affects your life, any help you might have sought to address concerns related to minor attraction and questions about your general wellbeing. This study should take around 15 minutes to complete.

The survey will be conducted using the online survey platform SoSci. To ensure anonymity and confidentiality, the survey will not ask your name or any other personally identifying details. Your IP address will not be collected and SoSci uses encryption to protect the identity of survey participants. Each participant will be assigned a code, which will be used to identify participants while in the data analysis process. The primary researcher, supervisor and co-supervisor will be the only person who will have access. to the data, which will be stored in password-protected files on the secure UC server. This data will be securely destroyed after 5 years.

There are risks of mental and emotional distress as a result of completing the survey. The discussion of minor-attraction and/or child sexual abuse can be a difficult topic for many people to discuss, therefore there may be some distress from the content. If you find the content distressing, you are able to stop completing the survey at any point by closing the browser. Additionally, below is a list of websites that you can access for support with any emotional distress, or support with minor attraction.

CALM- www.calm.auckland.ac.nz (An online programme for building mental health resilience)

The Mood Gym- moodgym.com.au (An online self-help portal for mental health

Warmline- www.warmline.org ( a free peer-run listening line staffed by people in recovery themselves.)

7cups- www.7cups.com (a free anonymous and confidential conversation with trained active listeners)

My Depression Team- www.MyDepressionTeam.com (a social network for those living with depression).

NAMI- www.NAMI.org (Free support and education for families and individuals seeking help for a range of mental illness)

United States
www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help

Canada
www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/mental-health-services/mental-health-get-help.html

United Kingdom
www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

Australia
www.healthdirect.gov.au/mental-health-helplines

New Zealand
www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/helplines

Participation is voluntary and you have the right to withdraw at any stage without penalty. As the study is anonymous, we will not be able to remove any data once you have submitted the. survey. However, participants will have the option at the end of the survey to indicate that they would like the data removed from the analysis.

The results of the project will be used for a Master’s thesis and may be published in academic journals, but you may be assured of the complete confidentiality of the data gathered in this investigation: your identity will not be made public at any point. A thesis is a public document and will be available through the UC Library. If you would like to receive a copy of the summary of the results of the project, check the UC Library website from early 2022 for the submitted thesis (ir.canterbury.ac.nz/).

The project is being carried out as a requirement of a Masters of Science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand by Charlotte Lindo with the assistance of Anneliese Westerman, under the supervision of Dr Jacinta Cording and Dr Sarah Christofferson. Charlotte can be contacted at charlotte.lindo@pg.canterbury.ac.nz. She will be pleased to discuss any concerns you have about participation in this project.

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Canterbury Human Ethics Committee and participants should address any complaints to The Chair, Human Ethics Committee, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch (human-ethics@canterbury.ac.nz)

If you agree to participate in the study, you will be asked to tick the boxes of the questions regarding consent for the study, at the beginning of the survey.

If you consent to participate in this study, please select all of the points.


B.Sc. Charlotte Lindo, University of Canterbury – 2021