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What is this study about?

We are researchers at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) who are interested in gaining a better perspective on how sexting behaviours are related to various aspects of personality and relationships. Participation includes answering general questions about yourself and your sexting experiences, as well as answering questions about your relationships and self-esteem. To participate, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30.


Who is doing it?

This study is being conducted by Becca Jamieson, an undergraduate student in the faculty of science at UNB, Kaitlyn Goldsmith, B.A. (Hons.), a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at UNB, Miranda Fudge, B.A. (Hons.), a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at UNB and Sandra Byers, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at UNB. Please email us at hsrg@unb.ca if you have any further questions.


What will I have to do?

If you choose to participate, you will complete an online questionnaire. If you are enrolled in Introductory Psychology and want to receive bonus points, you will need to complete the survey in Keirstead Hall, Room 12. If you are not enrolled in Introductory Psychology at UNB, we ask that you complete the survey on your desired computer at a location that you feel comfortable and will not be distracted. Most people take between 30 and 60 minutes to answer all the questions.


What will I get for participating?

If you are a student in Introductory Psychology, you will either get half a bonus point toward your course grade, or you can choose to be entered into a draw for a $25 Visa gift card. If you are not a student in Introductory Psychology, you will be entered into a draw for a $25 Visa gift card if you so wish. At the end of the survey, you will be redirected to a secure webpage where you can enter your email address, which willbe entered into the draw. You will have a one in fifty chance of winning, and the winners will be notified by email. If you choose not to complete all of the questions in the survey, your name will still be included in the draw. If you are interested in reading the results of the study, they will be posted online once data collection and analyses are completed at www.unbstudy.com.


How do you keep my answers private and confidential?

Your answers on the survey will be identified through a code number and will not be directly connected to your name or contact information. You should be aware that the information collected in this study may be presented at research conferences and submitted for publication. When results are presented, only averages will be included, and the identities of the individuals who participated will remain anonymous. In other words, all presentation of findings will report on groups of participants only and not on specific individuals in the study.


What are my rights as a participant in this survey?

Participation in the study is completely voluntary. If at any time you feel you do not want to continue for any reason, you are free to withdraw without penalty. Some items in the survey are not optional, but most are. If you do not wish to answer a required item, you can withdraw from the study.  If you choose not to answer an optional item, just leave it blank or click the “Next” button at the bottom of each page of the survey until you reach a question you are comfortable answering.


Why might I not want to do it?

We do not expect that you will feel uncomfortable during the study, but sometimes people are upset by answering questions about sex. If you experience any distress about the study, please feel free to contact the counsellors at your university (University of New Brunswick phone at 453-4820; email councel@unb.ca ), or the researchers. 

     I have been informed that this project in on file with the UNB Research Ethics Board (REB# 2013-100).  If I have any questions or concerns about my rights or treatment as a research participant, I may contact the Chair of the Psychology Research Ethics Committee, Dr. Daniel Voyer at (506) 453 - 4974 (voyer@unb.ca).


By clicking “I Agree”, you consent to the above and will be directed to the survey. By clicking “I Do Not Agree”, you do not consent to the above and will be redirected out of the survey.