Barry University



Title of Study:

Childhood Abuse and its Effect on Personality

Who is conducting the research?

Barry University College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychology

Emma Helene Hergot (Student): (954)248-0961
Dr. Linda Bacheller (Professor): (305)899-4576

What is the study purpose? You are invited to participate in an online study aiming to understand the relationship between childhood trauma and personality traits.

Am I eligible to participate? You are eligible to participate in this study if you are 18 years or older. We are seeking to have 250 participants.

What does my participation involve? You are asked to complete an online questionnaire that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. No personally identifying information will be collected (e.g., IP address). That is, the survey is designed to collect anonymous data.

What will be asked? You will be asked to complete the follow:

  1. Demographic question such as age, ethnicity and gender
  2. Big Five Inventory (BFI): The BFI is a 44-item inventory that measures an individual on the Big Five Factors of personality (Goldberg, 1993). A 5-point Likert scale is used for the responses which range from Disagree strongly to Agree Strongly. The higher the score on the personality traits in the BFI, the more the individuals are like that personality traits. Examples of questions from the BFI are “I see myself as someone who can be somewhat careless” and “I see myself as someone who is depressed, blue”. The BFI is in the public domain.
  3. Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ): The CTQ is a self-report that includes a retrospective self-report 28-item test that measures 5 types of maltreatment – emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and emotional and physical neglect. A 5-point Likert scale is used for the responses which range from Never True to Very Often True. The higher score on the subscales indicates higher abuse. Examples of questions from the CTQ are “I didn’t have enough to eat” and “People in my family looked out for each other.” Permission has been granted by the author.

What are the benefits? While there will be no direct benefit to you, information that you provide will contribute to our knowledge of the developmental impact of trauma.

What are the risks? There is minimal risk. If you should have discomfort recalling this information, please contact 1-800-273-8255.

What will be done with my information? 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. The data from this survey will be kept indefinitely.

How can I withdraw from the study? Your participation in this study is voluntary and you are able to withdraw at any point by closing your web browser before you submit. You may refuse to answer any question.

Will I be compensated for participating? There is no compensation for participating in this study.

How can I get more information? For more information, or if you wish to receive a summary of the study findings, you may contact the researchers through their contact information Emma Helene Hergot (student): (954)248-0961, and Dr. Lina Bacheller (professor): (305)899-4576.

Certification: The Barry University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has reviewed and approved this research. If you wish to discuss your rights as a research participant, you may contact Jasmine Trana ( or 305-899-3020), who is the Barry University IRB Point of Contact.

I understand what this study is about, that my participation is voluntary, that I can end my participation at any time without penalty, and that completion of the survey will indicate my consent to participate. Please click [NEXT] to access the survey. Thank you.

This survey has been approved by the IRB at Barry University:  IRB #1653968-2

Continue ONLY when finished. You will be unable to return or change your answers.