Lived Experiences of Black Young Adults

Dear Participant:

Thank you for your consideration in participating in this study. You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Ms. Abigail Nicolas under the supervision of Dr. Alex Pieterse, from University at Albany’s Counseling Psychology program.

Purpose of the study

This study aims to examine factors that shape the lived experiences of Black young adults. To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be between the ages of 18 and 29 years of age, born in the U.S., and must self-identify as Black and/or African American.

What Will I Be Doing? How Long Will It Take?

If you decide to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete demographic information along with questions surrounding beliefs, feelings, and events experienced as a Black individual. It is estimated that the study will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. Please note that your participation is voluntary and you may refuse to participate or withdraw at any time. You also retain the right to not answer any question or portions of the survey you do not wish to answer for any reason.

What are the risks/discomforts of participating in the study?

There is minimal foreseeable risk to the participants of this study. There is a potential risk you may experience minor psychological discomfort as you reflect on various experiences and how they may have affected you as a person of color. If you encounter discomfort, please remember that you may exit the survey at any time. Should you experience serious discomfort or other risks, please contact your local counseling center or seek support from loved ones.

What are the benefits of participating in the study?

The benefits to participation may include an opportunity to reflect on and perhaps gain insight into your experience as a Black individual. Findings from this study may contribute to greater understanding of Black young adult experiences in the counseling field.

Will I receive payment for participation?

You will have the opportunity to enter into a random drawing for a chance to win one of fifteen $15 Amazon e-gift cards following the completion of the study.

Will my responses be confidential? How will my personal information be protected?

This project has been approved by the University at Albany Institutional Review Board (Protocol # 17-X-125-01). Approval of this project only signifies that the procedures adequately protect the rights and welfare of the participants. Please note that absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed due to the limited protections of internet access. All information obtained in this study is strictly confidential unless disclosure is required by law. In addition, the Institutional Review Board and University or government officials responsible for monitoring this study may inspect these records.

In order to enter the random drawing for the gift cards, participants will be asked to provide an email address on a separate, unconnected page, after completing the survey. It is not anticipated that any additional threats to privacy over and above that which already exists in regular internet use will be present in this survey. 

Information collected from the study may be published in a professional journal or presented at a professional conference. Any information collected will be analyzed, reported and presented in a group aggregate format, therefore no individual participant will be identified.

Whom do I contact if I have questions about the study?

If you have any questions about this study, please contact me (Abigail Nicolas) at or my faculty advisor of this study, Dr. Alex Pieterse at or (518) 437-4423.

Whom do I contact if I have questions about my rights as a study participant?

Research at the University Albany involving human participants is carried out under the oversight of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). This research has been reviewed and approved by the IRB. If you have any questions concerning your rights as a research subject or if you wish to report any concerns about the study, you may contact University at Albany Office for Pre-Award and Compliance Services at 1-866-857-5459 or

Thank you again for your help!


Abigail Nicolas, MSEd
Doctoral Candidate, Counseling Psychology
University at Albany, Albany, NY

Alex L. Pieterse, PhD
Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology
University at Albany, Albany, NY


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  • indicating that you have read the information about this study;
  • providing consent to participate in the study;
  • indicating that you racially self-identify as Black;
  • indicating that you are between the ages of 18 and 29; and 
  • indicating that you were born in the U.S.

If you do not wish to participate in this study, please decline participation by closing the window.

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