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PARTICIPANT INFORMATION AND INFORMED CONSENT
 

Purpose:
You are being invited to participate in a research study titled "Cyber-Mourning: Towards a Psychological Understanding of Expressions of Grief on Social Media."  The purpose of the study is to investigate the nature of grief reactions after the death of someone close as they are expressed through the use of Facebook.
 
Procedures:
If you agree to take part in this research study, you will be asked to think about and share your experience of the death of someone close to you. In order to participate we will ask the following questions:

 

  • Did this person pass away within the last 5 years (after 2010)?
  • Has this person been deceased for at least 6 months?
  • Did this person have a Facebook page when they were alive? 
  • Are you a member on Facebook?
  • Were you a Facebook friend of this person at the time of his/her death?

If you answered “Yes” to all of these questions, you are eligible to participate.
 
In this survey you will be asked to provide general demographic information and answer questions about your experiences in close relationships, as well as answer questions about the deceased, your relationship and the time after the individual’s death. In addition, you will also be asked about your social media use before and after the death. It will take about 30 minutes to complete the survey.
 
Risks/Discomforts:
Answering the questions may cause you to think about feelings that make you sad or upset. Please take a moment to consider your comfort regarding sharing these feelings before proceeding with the survey. You are free to skip any question that you choose.
 
As researchers we are not qualified to provide counseling services and we will not be following up with you after this study. If you feel upset after completing the study, or find that some questions or aspects of the study triggered distress, talking with a qualified clinician may help. If you feel you would like assistance please contact the primary investigator or faculty advisor on the study (contact info below). In the case of an emergency please call 911.
 
Benefits:
You may not directly benefit from this research; however, we hope that your participation in the study may help researchers better understand how and why social media (i.e., Facebook) is used by the bereaved. In addition, it may be helpful to express your thoughts and feelings about this topic. 
 
Confidentiality:
We believe there are no known risks to your confidentiality associated with this research study, as you will not be asked to provide your name. In addition, the survey is anonymous.
 
Voluntary Participation/Withdrawal:
Your decision to take part in this research study is entirely voluntary. You may refuse to take part in or you may withdraw from the study at any time.
 
Compensation:
There is no compensation for your general participation, however, at the conclusion of the survey you will be asked if you would like to be voluntarily entered into a raffle to win a $50 Visa Giftcard. If you would like to be entered, please click on the link that redirects you to raffle drawing website and enter your email address. This ensures that your survey responses will not be attached to your email. Raffle will be drawn at the conclusion of the survey response collection.
 
Questions:
If you have any questions about the research now or during the study, please contact: Justine Gervacio via email at jg62667n@pace.edu, or the faculty advisor, Leora Trub, Ph.D at ltrub@pace.edu.  The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Pace University has approved the solicitation of participants for this study. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research at (212)346-1267.
 
Statement of Your Consent:
By clicking “I voluntarily agree…” below you are indicating that you are at least 18 years old, have read and understood this consent form and agree to participate in this research study.  Please print a copy of this page for your records.