compensation: one $20 e-gift card to a store of your choice (that offers email delivery)
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• Are you a female between the ages of 18 and 20?
• Have you had an active social networking account on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, or Reddit, for
at least 2 years?
• Have you used a social networking account to engage in behaviors like excluding, teasing, harassing, or
threatening someone over the past 12 months on social media or some other form of digital networking
(regardless of how well you knew the person, if your identity was anonymous to them, or if you acted as a part
of a group)?
If you answered “yes” to each of these questions I am interested in scheduling a telephone interview with you to find out more about your methods, thoughts, and emotional reactions to behaving aggressively online. Your feedback will be kept confidential and is important to help mental health professionals better understand the phenomenon of cyber-aggression.
This interview should last approximately one hour. However, additional follow-up questions may be required to elaborate on your personal experience. The information that you provide during the telephone interview will be recorded and analyzed for themes that will then be compared with other participant’s answers and entered into a comprehensive final written report that will include direct quotes to illustrate the conclusions of the study. Any identifying information (e.g. names, profile names, etc.) provided in your responses during the interview— including those of third parties— will be given a pseudonym, altered, or removed to protect your confidentiality. Also, all contact with me will only be by telephone or email to help protect your identity. An active email address and a working telephone number will be required to participate in the study and to collect your e-gift card. You are encouraged to use an email address that does not include your actual name and a telephone number that does not have a personalized voicemail message if you decide to use your own contact information and would like to remain anonymous. You will not have an opportunity to change your responses once the interview is over (unless prompted by follow-up questions) so please take your time to carefully think about your responses before answering questions. Complete and usable interviews will receive a $20 gift card to a store of your choice that offers email delivery. For example, Amazon, Best Buy, Forever 21, iTunes, Sephora, Starbucks, Target, Ulta, or Walmart. Any correspondence after the interview is over will be delivered to the preferred email address that you will provide during the prescreening process.
This study is not intended as a therapeutic intervention. Although there is a relatively low risk of harm for your participation, it is difficult to predict what emotions, thoughts, personal insights, or new understandings the interview questions might activate. If you would like to discuss any unpleasant reactions triggered by your participation in this study with a mental health professional, a list of cyber-aggression/victimization and crisis support resources will be provided to you after your completion of the interview or by sending a request, at any time, to the email address provided, below. Participants who on a rare case-by-case basis need therapeutic intervention as a result of any kind of psychological distress from participation in this study will have an opportunity to meet with a licensed clinical psychologist, Patrick Petti, Ph.D. for one free session and will be provided with referrals to other licensed mental health professionals, if necessary.
Please direct any questions or requests regarding participation in this study to firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine Bregar, MA, Graduate Student Alliant International University Cyberaggressioninterview@gmail.com
Approved by Alliant International University Institutional Review Board
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