Invitation to Participate in 2nd Research Project
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INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH STUDY
Who we are?
This study integrates research from the Psychology Departments of the
Arizona State University, Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain),
University of Barcelona (Spain), University of Shizuoka (Japan) and
University of Glamorgan (UK). The study is coordinated by researchers
from the Autonomous University of Madrid.
What are we doing?
We are studying certain practices that take place in abusive group
contexts and the experiences of former members of such groups. The
study's purpose is to increase our knowledge of the abuses that some
groups inflict on their members. We want to find new and better ways
of understanding group relationships. We hope that the information
collected by this study will enhance attention to the needs of those
who have endured an abusive experience in a group environment.
What we ask from you?
You are invited to participate in the research project if you are a
former member of a group to which you belonged in the past and which
you now consider was overly controlling or abusive for some of its
members, either psychologically, physically, or in any other way.
Some of the questions are not applicable for individuals who were
born and/or raised in a group. If you are such an individual, we
invite you to participate but ask you to please let us know in your
response to this invitation.
We ask all subjects to respond to a web-survey, which you may
complete at your convenience. As a token of our appreciation we
offer special gifts, described below.
What is the web-survey like?
The survey is divided into two separated parts.
Part I includes some basic demographic questions (e.g., age,
education) as well as several instruments that inquire about your
experience with the group you belonged to. Most of these instruments
are being developed by one of the different teams that are joining
their research efforts through this survey. Thus, with your
participation you will be helping in five specific studies. It is
very important for the advancement of any field of study to have
valid and reliable measures of the relevant factors that being
Part II of the survey includes some short instruments inquiring about
your opinions and behaviors about several statements.
Overall, it is anticipated that the entire survey will take
approximately 2 hours to complete. Please note that your
participation in this study is voluntary, and that you may withdraw
at any time, without consequence.
How will the data be handled?
All the information that is gathered in this study will be kept
strictly confidential. Replies are anonymous and the results will be
processed collectively, not individually. The information collected
in this research will be stored in a way that protects your identity.
Please, do not place your name on any part of the survey other than,
optionally, at the Request Form, once you have completed the survey.
At the Request Form you will be given the opportunity to request a
summary of the results of this study and/or a summary of some of your
own responses. If you wish to receive such information, you will be
asked to leave us an e-mail address (or other contact information you
prefer). Any personal information you could optionally provide will
automatically be saved in a separate file from that of your
responses. This file will be saved in a removable disk that will be
locked in a safe place by the research coordinator.
How can we express our gratitude for your participation?
After completing the survey, you may choose from a variety of gifts
(electronic resources, books, conference discounts), which have been
graciously provided by organizations that support this research.
You will also be given the option to request a review of the results
of this study and a summary of some of your own responses.
What should you do if you accept our invitation to participate?
REPLY to the person who has invited you to participate: Colleen
Russell (crussellmft@...). She would send you a link for
the survey. Alternatively, you may write us directly: Carmen
Almendros (carmen.almendros@...), indicating who invited you to
More information about the study
If you want to obtain more information about the study or make any
comment, you may contact us at this e-mail address:
Or write to:
Carmen Almendros, Ph.D.
Dpto. Psicología Biológica y de la Salud. Facultad de Psicología.
C/ Ivan Paulov, 6. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Cantoblanco.
28049 Madrid, Spain.
Thank you so much for your time. Your participation is very important