PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET: FAMILY CARING QUESTIONNAIRE
WHO WE ARE?
This study involves researchers from the Psychology Department of Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) and the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA).
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
We are studying the perceptions and experiences of family members or individuals concerned about a loved one who is or was in a controlling or abusive group or relationship. The study’s purpose is to fill a research gap in this area. We hope to increase our knowledge of the specific concerns and needs of families, relatives and friends of those affected by an abusive situation. We want to find new and better ways of understanding family relationships under these circumstances. We hope that the information collected by this study will enhance attention to the needs of those who have/had a loved one enduring an abusive experience in a group environment.
WHAT WE ASK FROM YOU?
You are invited to participate in the research project if you are/were concerned about the past or current involvement of a loved one with a group or relationship you now consider was/is overly controlling or abusive for its members. You may or may not have been involved yourself with the group or relationship. We ask you to respond to a web-survey, which you may complete at your convenience.
WHAT IS THE WEB-SURVEY LIKE?
The survey is divided into various separated parts. Part I and Part II include some basic demographic questions (e.g., age, education) on you and your loved one. Part III of the survey includes some instruments inquiring about your concerns, responses and experiences about your loved one being involved in the group/relationship. Part IV includes brief instruments on problems you may have experienced. Finally, Part V includes some questions on the group/relationship your loved one is/was involved. Overall, it is anticipated that the entire survey will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. Please note that your participation in this study is voluntary, and that you may withdraw at any time, without consequence.
HOW WILL THE DATA BE HANDLED?
All the information that is gathered in this study will be kept strictly confidential. Replies are anonymous and the results will be processed collectively, not individually. The information collected in this research will be stored in a way that protects your identity. Please, do not place your name on any part of the survey. Any personal information you could optionally provide will automatically be saved in a separate file from that of your responses. This file will be saved in a removable disk that will be locked in a safe place by the research coordinator.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE STUDY
If you want to obtain more information about the study or make any comment, you may contact Carmen Almendros at this e-mail address: email@example.com
Thank you for considering responding to this online questionnaire, which will begin after the online consent form that follows.