Exposure to Community Violence and Long-Term Effects on Psychological Well-Being in Emerging Adults

Barry University



Title of Study:

Exposure to Community Violence and Long-Term Effects on Psychological Well-Being in Emerging Adults

Who is conducting the research?

Principal Investigator: Devonne Rahming

           8992 NW 38th DR

           Coral Springs, FL 33065



University Advisor: Linda L. Bacheller, JD, PsyD

                                  11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Fl 33161



What is the study purpose? You are invited to participate in an online study aiming to understand, whether the negative effects of community violence exposure as a child continue into adulthood.

Am I eligible to participate? You are eligible to participate in this study if you are 18 years or older. We are seeking 300 participants. Participants will be undergraduates, and graduates from a private university, as well as individuals collected through the use of social media websites.

What does my participation involve? You are asked to complete an online questionnaire that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey is designed to collect anonymous data.

What will be asked? You will be asked questions about possible past experiences with community violence and dimensions of psychological well-being. You will be asked to complete:

1. Demographic form, which includes questions about gender, age, highest education level, and ethnicity.

2. Complete the Community Experience Questionnaire (CEQ)

3. Complete Ryff’s Psychological Well-Being Scale (PWB)

What are the benefits? While there will be no direct benefit to you, the information that you provide will contribute to our knowledge of understanding the lasting effects that exposure to community violence can have on an adult’s psychological well-being.

What are the risks? Participation in the study involves minimal risk, however, you may experience discomfort as you self-reflect while completing the measure that addresses community violence exposure and psychological well-being.

If that happens to you, there are several resources for you to use. You can go to your university Counseling Center to talk to a therapist for free (if you are a Barry student the Counseling Center is in Landon, room 105 and their number is 305-899-3950). Most universities are providing mental health services by telehealth during the pandemic and should be available to help you. If you are not at a university, you may call the Mental Health Crisis hotline: 843-364-2274.

What will be done with my information? As a research participant, the 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 the 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. We may use or share your research information for future research studies. If we share your information with other researchers, we will not share any information that can directly identify you. These future studies may be similar to this study or completely different. We will not ask for your additional consent to use the de-identified data in future studies.

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, or 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 the contact information listed above.

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 (jtrana@barry.edu 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 project was approved by Barry University IRB: 1728613-2

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