Grindr Use and Social Belonging in Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Men
WHY ARE YOU BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THIS RESEARCH?
You are being invited to take part in a research study about the well-being of gay, bisexual, and queer identified men and Grindr app use. If you volunteer to take part in this study, you will be one of about 300 people to do so.
This study has been approved by the University of Kentucky Internal Review Board of the Office of Research Integrity (859) 257-3138.
WHO IS DOING THE STUDY?
The person in charge of this study is Todd Ryser-Oatman, M.S., a student at the University of Kentucky Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology and the faculty advisor is Sharon S. Rostosky, Ph.D. of the University of Kentucky Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology. There may be other people on the research team assisting at different times during the study.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY?
The purpose of the study is to learn about the experiences that affect the well-being of gay, bisexual, and queer men and their Grindr app use.
ARE THERE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?
You should not take part in this study if you are under the age of 18. You should not participate if you do not identify as a gay, bisexual, or queer man or otherwise identify as a sexual minority. Also, you should not participate if you have never used the cell phone app Grindr.
WHERE IS THE STUDY GOING TO TAKE PLACE AND HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
The online survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
WHAT WILL YOU BE ASKED TO DO?
You will be asked to fill out an online survey about your experiences and feelings related to your gay, bisexual, or queer identity and Grindr application use.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE RISKS AND DISCOMFORTS?
To the best of our knowledge, completing this survey carries no more risk of harm than you would experience in everyday life. In addition to the risks listed above, you may experience a previously unknown risk or side effect.
WILL YOU BENEFIT FROM TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY?
There is no guarantee that you will get any benefit from taking part in this study. However, some people have experienced positive feelings and new insights into their identities when they take time to reflect and share their experiences. Your willingness to take part may also, in the future, help society as a whole better understand this research topic.
DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE PART IN THE STUDY?
If you decide to take part in the study, it should be because you really want to volunteer. You will not lose any benefits or rights you would normally have if you choose not to volunteer. You can stop at any time during the study and still keep the benefits and rights you had before volunteering.
IF YOU DON’T WANT TO TAKE PART IN THE STUDY, ARE THERE OTHER CHOICES?
If you do not want to be in the study, there are no other choices except not to take part in the study.
WHAT WILL IT COST YOU TO PARTICIPATE?
There are no costs associated with taking part in the study.
WILL YOU RECEIVE ANY REWARDS FOR TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY?
You will not receive any rewards or payment for taking part in the study.
WHO WILL SEE THE INFORMATION THAT YOU GIVE?
This study is confidential. We do not collect any directly identifying information unless you volunteer that information. The results will be analyzed and reported based on the answers from all of the people who participate. If you do provide identifying information about yourself, we may be required to show that information to people who need to be sure we have done the research correctly; these would be people from organizations such as the University of Kentucky. Please be aware, while we make every effort to safeguard your data once received from the online survey/data gathering company, given the nature of online surveys, as with anything involving the Internet, we can never guarantee the confidentiality of the data while still on the survey/data gathering company’s servers, or while en route to either them or us. It is also possible the raw data collected for research purposes may be used for marketing or reporting purposes by the survey/data gathering company after the research is concluded, depending on the company’s Terms of Service and Privacy policies.
CAN YOUR TAKING PART IN THE STUDY END EARLY?
If you decide to take part in the study you still have the right to decide at any time that you no longer want to continue. You will not be treated differently if you decide to stop taking part in the study.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
There is a possibility that the data collected from you may be shared with other investigators in the future. If that is the case the data will not contain information that can identify you unless you give your consent or the UK Institutional Review Board (IRB) approves the research. The IRB is a committee that reviews ethical issues, according to federal, state and local regulations on research with human subjects, to make sure the study complies with these before approval of a research study is issued.
WHAT IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, SUGGESTIONS, CONCERNS, OR COMPLAINTS?
Before you decide whether to accept this invitation to take part in the study, please ask any questions that might come to mind now. Later, if you have questions, suggestions, concerns, or complaints about the study, you can contact the investigator, Todd Ryser-Oatman at email@example.com or the faculty advisor, Dr. Sharon Rostosky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-257-7880. If you have any questions about your rights as a volunteer in this research, contact the staff in the Office of Research Integrity at the University of Kentucky between the business hours of 8am and 5pm EST, Mon-Fri. at 859-257-9428 or toll free at 1-866-400-9428 (only toll free within the United States). You can also visit http://www.research.uky.edu/ori/ to contact the Office of Research Integrity if you are a participant outside the United States that does not have access to international calling.
I consent to participate in this research. Furthermore, I acknowledge that I have been informed that I am free to withdraw consent at any time and to discontinue participation in the study at any time without prejudice to me. Possible benefits and risks of the study have been described.
I acknowledge that I have been given the opportunity to obtain additional information regarding the study and that any questions I have raised have been answered to my full satisfaction.
Finally, by the act of clicking the Next button, I acknowledge that I am over the age of 18 and that I have read this consent form.
If you do not meet the criteria listed above or are not interested in continuing, please do not continue. Otherwise, please click the arrow to continue.