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Informed Consent

SMU REB # 19-093

Informing the Development of a Workshop to Increase Competency to Treat MAPs.

Kailey Roche, MSc.
Department of Psychology
Saint Mary’s University
Email: kailey.roche@smu.ca

Dr. Skye Stephens
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Saint Mary’s University
Email: skye.stephens@smu.ca
Phone: 902-420-5083, Fax: 902-496-8287

Study Information

Title: Informing the Development of a Workshop to Increase Competency to Treat MAPs.

Who is conducting the research:

Kailey Roche, M.Sc., Department of Psychology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, email: kailey.roche@smu.ca

Dr. Skye Stephens, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, email: skye.stephens@smu.ca,phone: 902-420-5083

The study is affiliated with B4U-ACT who assisted in the development and dissemination of the survey.

What is the study purpose: You are invited to participate in an online study aiming to understand what minor attracted persons (MAPs) believe should be included in a workshop that would aim to decrease stigma and increase competency to offer mental health services to MAPs who may be interested in seeking such services. We have no financial interest in conducting these studies.

Am I eligible to participate: You are eligible to participate in this study if you are over 18 years of age and if you identify as an individual who has a sexual interest in children under the age of 15 years old.

What does my participation involve: You will be completing an online survey that will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. No personally identifying information will be collected (e.g. IP address, age). There will be no way for the investigators to link you to your specific survey and you will remain anonymous through your participation.

What will I be asked: You will be asked questions about your sexual interests, experiences with mental health professionals, and your opinions about what should be included in a workshop that would aim to decrease stigma and increase competency for mental health professionals to provide mental health services to MAPs.

What are the benefits: Your survey data will contribute to the development of an educational workshop for mental health professionals with an aim to decrease stigma and increase competency to provide services to MAPs.

What are the risks: You will be asked to volunteer information regarding aspects of your sexuality, sexual preferences, and experiences with mental health professionals which may cause you to feel uncomfortable.

Efforts to safeguard and anonymize information have been taken, however, you may want to take additional precautions to protect your anonymity. For example, please consider refraining from completing the survey in a public space, completing the survey using an incognito tab, or delete your browser history upon completion of the survey. The survey has been hosted on Soscisurvey, which allows you to complete the survey if you are using TOR.

You may contact Dr. Skye Stephens or the Research Ethics Board at Saint Mary’s University if you have any concerns. Please remember that by contacting the researchers or the Research Ethics Board, we will be away of your participation in the study, but will not be able to connect you to your individual responses.

What will be done with my information: The information you share will be anonymous and will only be used for research purposes. You will be anonymous as no personal identifying information will be gathered. This means that you cannot be connected to your responses to the survey.

Your privacy is protected by the server 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.

Please note that you are free to withdraw from the study at any point in time by closing your web browser and incomplete studies will be deleted manually; however, due to anonymization it is not possible to delete data after completing the survey.

The data will be stored on password protected computers belonging to the researchers and will be stored indefinitely. The only individuals allowed to access the information will be members of the research team. Once data is collected and analyzed, the results will be shared through presentations, journal articles, or seminars.

How can I withdraw from the study: Your participation in this study is voluntary and you may withdraw at any point in time by exiting your web browser. If you choose to withdraw, your data will be destroyed and not analyzed. Once the study is complete, researchers will not be able to remove your answers because no identifiable information will be included.

Will I be compensated for participating: No compensation will be offered for completing this study.

How can I get more information: If you have any questions about the study or would like to see the results, you may contact the researchers. Please note that if you contact the investigators directly, you will be identifying yourself and it will be known that you have completed the survey. Results for this study are anticipated to be completed by September of 2020 and will be available on the investigators’ professional website (skyestephens.wordpress.com/) and Research Gate accounts.

Certification: The Saint Mary’s University Research Ethics Board has reviewed this research. If you have any questions or concerns about ethical matters or would like to discuss your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Chair of the Saint Mary’s Research Ethics Board at ethics@smu.caor 902-420-5728.

Informing the Development of a Workshop to Increase Competency to Treat MAPs

I understand what this study is about, appreciate the risks and benefits, and that by consenting I agree to take part in this research study and do not waive any rights to legal recourse in the event of research-related harm.

I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I can end my participation at any time without penalty.

I have had adequate time to think about the research study and to make an informed decision about my participation.

Do you consent to participating in this study?


M.Sc. Kailey Roche, Saint Mary's University – 2019