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Sexual and romantic attraction to children: Important child features and experience of falling in love

Survey 1 Informed Consent

Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Seto, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group

Information

The goal of this study is to investigate sexual and romantic attraction in individuals who self-identify as being sexually or romantically attracted to prepubescent and/or pubescent children (approximately ages 14 and under) and adults (if relevant). Furthermore, this study will explore the physical and psychological features of prepubescent and/or pubescent children (ages 14 and under), youth, and adults that are deemed most sexually and romantically attractive to those with an attraction to children.

Description

You will be presented with a set of questions about your background and your sexual and romantic feelings toward children and adults. You will be asked about your attraction to children relative to adults and boys relative to girls. You will also be asked to indicate how attractive you find boys and girls (and men and women, if relevant) of various developmental stages. Lastly, you will be asked about the specific physical and psychological features of children that you deem most sexually and romantically attractive. You are asked to answer these questions as honestly as you can. It should take about 15 minutes to answer all of the questions. There will be no compensation for participating in this study.

After completing this survey, you will be asked if you would to participate in an additional survey about romantic attraction and falling in love. This second survey should take approximately 10 minutes.

Risks

There are no known psychological, social, or physical risks associated with this study. It is possible that some individuals may experience some emotional discomfort when answering some of these questions, as they may bring about memories with strong emotions. There will be an opportunity at the end of the survey to discuss any emotional discomfort or negative experiences you had throughout your participation. After you complete the survey, you will be debriefed about the current study and provided with a link to a website that lists mental health and crisis resources to aid with any emotional concerns you may have experienced. If you choose to withdraw from the study prior to completing the entire survey, you can access the mental health and crisis resources information at the bottom of the page prior to closing the browser window.

Confidentiality

We will not be asking you any questions about potentially criminal behaviour. Rather, the focus of the questions is about your background and feelings. All of your answers will be kept confidential. Researchers will not have access to any identifying information about you. If you wish to end the survey early and delete your study data, you may click the "Leave and delete my data" button at the bottom of the page. If you want to end the survey before you have fully completed it and wish to return to complete it at a later time, you can click the "Pause the Interview" button at the bottom of the page. This will allow you to be sent an email with your unique survey link. Although the email address is not recorded, you may not feel comfortable doing that. If you choose to have the study URL sent to your email address, we recommend using an email address that cannot be linked to your identity (i.e., do not use an email address that has your name or personal information in it). If you do not have an anonymous email address, you can create one at https://proton.me/. Proton Mail is a free and secure email service that uses end-to-end encryption to protect user’s privacy. For an additional layer of protection and anonymity, Proton also provides the option to access its services through Tor (https://proton.me/tor).

We will not track your IP-address (the unique identifier that is linked to any computer device that logs on to the Internet). This survey is being conducted through SoSci. As such, all data is stored on a highly secure server located in Munich, Germany. All data collected is anonymous and can in no way be associated with your identity or location. Anonymized data may be shared with other countries/organisations to enable further research studies such as meta-analysis. The results of this study will be published, but only combined data will be reported. Your personal answers will never be used in any report.

In order to protect your confidentiality, we advise that you use standard privacy measures. Please lock your screen or device if you go away from your computer while participating in the survey. Also please close your browser after clearing the recent history when you have completed the survey. Other options include using a secure URL (begins with https://) and completing the survey through a privacy-enhanced browser such as the TOR browser (https://www.torproject.org/about/overview.html.en).

Participation

You must be 18 years or older, be capable of reading and understanding English, and be attracted to prepubescent and/or pubescent children in order to participate in this study.

Contact

This research is carried out by:

Name: Dr. Michael Seto 

Email: Michael.Seto@theroyal.ca

This study has received clearance by The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group’s Research Ethics Board (Reference #2023005), Ottawa, Canada.

If you have any questions about the survey, you can contact Madison McAskill by email at Madison.McAskill@theroyal.ca. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, you can contact Alexis Dorland at Alexis.Dorland@theroyal.ca. As a reminder, we recommend that you use an email address that cannot be linked to your identity.

Conflicts of Interest

There are no conflicts of interest associated with the current study.

Right to Withdraw

Participation in this study is completely optional. It is greatly appreciated if you answer all questions honestly. However, you do not have to answer questions that you prefer not to answer. You may also withdraw from this study at any time without penalty by closing the browser. You may access the mental health resources and study contacts at any time at the bottom of the survey page.

Informed Consent

By clicking “I agree” you indicate that:

(1) you understood the information above,
(2) you are 18 years of age or older,
(3) you are sexually or romantically attracted to prepubescent and/or pubescent children (approximately ages 14 and under), and
(4) you would like to participate in this survey.

Clicking “I disagree”, you indicate you do not want to participate in this survey.