College Student Daily Effect Study

Title of the Study: College student daily affect study

Principal Investigator: Qiong (Joanna) Wu, Ph.D., FSU Assistant Professor

You are being invited to take part in a research study. Please find below information about this research for you to think about before you decide to take part. Ask us if you have any questions about this information or the research before you decide to take part.

Statement of the Research Study. You are being invited to volunteer to take part in our research study.  It is up to you whether you choose to take part or not.  There will be no penalty or loss of benefits to you if you choose not to take part or decide later not to take part.

Purpose. The reason that we are doing this research is to understand college students’ daily emotions and well-being.

Duration. We think that taking part in our study will last 36 days.

Research Activities. You will be asked to complete a daily survey about your feelings, your well-being, your relationship with your parents. On most days the survey is very brief.

Risks: The risks of harms or discomforts associated with the research include a slight risk of experiencing distress in relation to completing questionnaires and the potential loss of confidentiality.

Benefits: There may be no personal benefit from your participation but the knowledge received may be of value to society.

What is this study about?

Researchers at Florida State University are studying how college students can experience a variety of emotions every day and whether this facilitates their wellbeing. You are invited to take part in the study because you are a college student of 18 years old and above. In the next 36 days, you are expected to complete a daily survey about your emotions and your wellbeing.

What will happen during this research?

If you agree to be in this research, your participation will include completing a series of online surveys. You will receive one longer survey on the first day of study which takes no more than 30 minutes to complete. In the next 34 days, you will receive a brief survey which takes no more than 5 minutes to complete. On the last day (the 36th day), you will again receive a longer study survey for no more than 30 minutes. These surveys include questions on your well-being, your emotions and stress levels, and your relationship with your parent. We will tell you about any new information that may affect your willingness to continue to take part in this research.

What will you do to protect my privacy?

The results of the study may be published or presented, but no information that may identify you will ever be provided or released in publications or presentations. We will take steps to protect your privacy and confidentiality. These steps include that all data will be de-identified and stored on a password-protected/encrypted computer to ensure confidentiality. To protect your privacy, Personal Identifiable Information (PII) will not be collected with the exception of the initial study contact information and this consent form. We recommend the use of different computers/tablets/phones to fill out the surveys, or that each partner clear the cache on any shared computers before and after taking each survey to help maintain confidentiality within the couple. Your identity will be stored separately from the responses and will not be shared with other researchers or revealed in any publications, presentations, or reports resulting from this study. Research records will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law and may be reviewed by the FSU Institutional Review Board and other oversight organizations. The personal information and this informed consent will be kept for 3 years after the conclusion of the study, after which time they will be destroyed. Deidentified data will be kept indefinitely.

Despite taking steps to protect your privacy or the confidentiality of your identifiable information, we cannot guarantee that your privacy or confidentiality will be protected. For example, if you tell us something that makes us believe that you or others have been or may be physically harmed, we may need to report that information to the appropriate agencies.

Individuals and organizations responsible for conducting or monitoring this research may be permitted access to and inspect the research records. This includes the Florida State University Institutional Review Board (FSU IRB), which reviewed this study.

If identifiers are removed from your identifiable private information that are collected during this research, that de-identified information could be used for future research studies or distributed to another investigator for future research studies without your additional informed consent.

What are the risks of harms or discomforts associated with this research?

The risks of harms or discomforts associated with the research include a slight risk of experiencing distress in relation to completing questionnaires and the potential loss of confidentiality. If you experience discomfort, there is always the option to take a break or excuse yourself completely from the study without penalty. Should you endorse harm to self or others, abuse of children or elders, suicide, or the study team determines a risk of suicidality, that confidentiality may be broken and you may be referred to necessary follow-up. In addition to the risks of these harms or discomforts, this research may have risks of harms or discomforts that are unknown at this time. If in the future we become aware of any additional harms or discomforts that may affect you, we will tell you.

How might I benefit from this research?

There may be no personal benefit from your participation but the knowledge received may be of value to society.

What is the compensation for the research?

If you agree to take part in this research study, you will be provided with up to a $25 e-gift card for your time and effort. The gift card will be delivered to you via email in 1-3 business upon study completion, and can be redeemed in various stores. To increase motivation to participate, your incentives will be calculated based on the number of completed surveys, with $1 (first day survey) + $0.5 (next 34 days)*34 days + $2 (last day) +$5 (for completing all surveys) = $25.

Your professor may also offer this research as an opportunity for extra credits in the class. You may receive extra credit for participating in this research if you hear this research opportunity from professors who send this out as an extra credit opportunity.

What will happen if I choose not to participate?

It is your choice to participate or not to participate in this research. Participation is voluntary.

Is my participation voluntary, and can I withdraw?

Taking part in this research study is your decision. Your participation in this study is voluntary. You do not have to take part in this study, but if you do, you can stop at any time. Your decision whether to participate will not affect your relationship with this research team, or FSU. There is no penalty to which you are otherwise entitled, if you do not participate. You have the right to choose not to participate in any study activity or completely withdraw from continued participation at any point in this study without penalty to which you are otherwise entitled. If you withdraw from the study, the data collected to the point of withdrawal will be retained for potential use.

Who do I talk to if I have questions?

If you have questions, concerns, or have experienced a research-related injury, contact the research team at:

Dr. Qiong (Joanna) Wu
(850) 644-3217
qwu3@fsu.edu

The Florida State University Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) is overseeing this research. The FSU IRB is a group of people who perform official independent review of research studies before studies begin to ensure that the rights and welfare of participants are protected.  If you have questions about your rights or wish to speak with someone other than the research team, you may contact:

Florida State University IRB
2010 Levy Drive, Suite 276
Tallahassee, Florida 32306
850-644-7900
humansubjects@fsu.edu

Fill out participation consent form here.