STUDY OF SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS & MENTAL WELL-BEING IN LGBTQ PEOPLE
I am Eddy Elmer, a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. I am conducting an online international study about social relationships and mental well-being in LGBTQ people, under the supervision of Dr. Theo van Tilburg and Dr. Tineke Fokkema. The purpose is to better understand scientifically how social relationships and mental well-being affect each other in this population. I am seeking LGBTQ people aged 18+ from around the world, regardless of their relationship status.
You will be asked about several topics, including your social network, feelings of social connection, social support, sexuality, partner preferences, body image, personality, discrimination, physical health, and mental well-being.
40-60 minutes. I apologize that this is longer than average, but I am collecting data for three studies on this topic. If this is too long for you, you are welcome to pause and resume at your leisure using the same device (as long as you have not disabled cookies). Just bookmark the page where you would like to pause and the system will remember where you left off. You will not need to re-type your answers.
If you wish, you will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win an Amazon gift card (cards available: one $200 USD card, 5 $100 cards, and 10 $50 cards), or one of 20 donations of $20 USD to a charity of your choice. Odds of winning depend on the number of participants, which is expected to be about 3,500 for this first round of data collection. If you wish, you will also be sent a summary of the survey findings.
Participation is voluntary. You are not required to answer questions that make you uncomfortable and you can quit at any time.
You may feel emotionally uneasy about some questions.
Privacy and Security
You will not be asked for your name, and your answers will be processed in an anonymous way ensuring that it will not be possible for anyone to recognise your answers when the results are presented. If you are coming from a social media site, I will not have access to your name or profile. You can read more in the privacy statement.
Questions about the Study and Your Rights as a Research Participant
This study has been reviewed by the Ethical Review Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences and has been deemed to comply with the Faculty's ethical guidelines. If you have questions regarding this study or your rights as a participant, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Legality in Your Jurisdiction
Although I am very eager to hear from all LGBTQ people, please refrain from participating if you live in a country in which homosexuality is illegal.
Thank you for your interest and help!
Eddy Elmer, M.A
I have read and understood the above consent form and desire of my own free will to participate in this study. I also certify that I am at least 18 years of age.