Barry University

 Cover Letter

Dear Research Participant:

Your participation in a research project is requested. The title of the study is Spirituality/Religiosity as a Predictor of Well Being in Childhood Trauma Survivors. The research is being conducted by Dr. Linda Bacheller, a professor in the Psychology Department at Barry University, seeking information that will be useful in the field of childhood trauma. The aims of the research are to examine religious and spiritual well-being as it relates to psychological well-being in a survivor of child abuse or trauma. In accordance with these aims, the following procedure will be used: Four questionnaires follow this letter. I anticipate the number of participants to be at or around 300.

If you decide to participate in this research, you will be asked to do the following: You will be directed to a link on PsychData Surveys. You will complete a demographics questionnaire, the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (Bernstein & Fink, 1997), Spiritual Well-Being Scale (Life Advance, 1991), Ryff Scale of Psychological Well-Being (Ryff, 1989) and the Basic Empathy Scale. The surveys should take approximately 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 of involvement in this study. The following procedures will be used to minimize these risks: 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 the area of childhood trauma and abuse. If you are a student, you may be able to receive extra credit for your participation. Print a copy of this cover letter as proof of your participation.

As a research participant, information you provide will be kept anonymous, that is, no names or other identifiers will be collected. Your opinions will be collected via an anonymous online survey tool, PsychData. The following description outlines PsychData’s policies with respect to confidentiality and data security: “PsychData is specifically designed to meet and exceed industry standards for Internet security as well as IRB standards for the protection of research participants. Our servers, database, and web presence employ multiple forms of enterprise-level security features to accomplish these goals. PsychData utilizes Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 256-bit encryption technology to ensure protection of all data transactions on our website. Data is encrypted at the instant that a user submits it and can only be decoded by the target server. PsychData maintains an SSL certificate from VeriSign, the industry leader in SSL technology.” In addition, PsychData allows for disabling IP address collection, thereby assuring that the results I will receive will be truly anonymous and there will be no record kept of your IP address nor linkages I could utilize to identify you. Upon completion of data collection, all electronic data will be downloaded and then deleted from the PsychData server.

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, Dr. Bacheller, by email at lbacheller@barry.edu. You may also contact the Institutional Review Board point of contact, Barbara Cook, by phone at (305) 899-3020 or by email at bcook@mail.barry.edu.

Thank you for your participation.


Dr. Bacheller

This research project has been reviewed and approved by Barry University Institutional Review Board and assigned the following IRB #160309.  For information regarding this study, please contact Dr. Bacheller at lbacheller@barry.edu, or the IRB representative Barbary Cook at bcook@mail.barry.edu.

Print this page if you need proof of participation.


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