Acculturation: How to Adopt to a New Culture

Barry University

Cover Letter


Dear Research Participant:

Your participation in a research project is requested.  The title of the study is Acculturation: The Key Element for Adapting to a New Environment. The research is being conducted by Presler Maxius, an undergraduate student in the Psychology Department at Barry University, and it is seeking information that will be useful in the field of Psychology. This study has been approved by the Insitutional Review Board at Barry University. The aim of the research is to understand how Haitian immigrants living in the United States fit into the American culture. In accordance with the aim, the following procedures will be used: a demographic survey, the Acculturation Attitudes Scale, and the Multidimensional Acculturative Stress Inventory will be administered on the subsequent pages. I anticipate the number of participants to be 150. 

If you decide to participate in this research, you will be asked to complete the surveys listed above, which should take about 25-30 minutes.

Your consent to be a research participant is strictly voluntary and should you decline to participate or should you choose to drop out at any time during the study, there will be no adverse effects.  If you are a student, there will be no effect on your grades.

    There are no known risks for participating in this study. It is also possible that some participants may not wish to answer some of the questions. You can skip any questions you do not want to answer.  There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this study; however, your participation will contribute to research in this area of psychology.  If you are a student you may be able to receive extra credit or class credit for your participation.  Print a copy of this cover letter as proof of your participation.

As a research participant, information you provide is anonymous, that is, no names or other identifiers will be collected. allows researchers to suppress the delivery of IP addresses during the downloading of data, and in this study no IP address will be delivered to the researcher.  However, does collect IP addresses for its own purposes.  If you have concerns about this, you should review the privacy policy of before you begin.

By completing and submitting this electronic survey you are acknowledging that you are at least 18-years-old and that you voluntarily agree to participate in the study.

            If you have any questions or concerns regarding the study or your participation in the study, you may contact me, Presler Maxius, at (786)655‑3846,, my supervisor, Dr. Pamela D. Hall, at (305)899-3272,, or the Institutional Review Board point of contact, Barbara Cook, at (305) 899-3020,


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Thank you for your participation.


Presler Maxius



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