Thursday, April 21, 2011

Seeking participants for adult gender study

The request for survey subjects appeared in this morning's Adult Development listserve - he's looking for a diverse sample, so feel free to repost this or send it to friends and family (must be 18 to participate).
Adult Gender Study


My name is Jay Ledbetter and I am a graduate student at San Francisco State University. I am working on my Master's thesis in social psychology under the supervision of Professor Chuck Tate in the Department of Psychology. My thesis research tries to advance our understanding of gender identity by exploring the range of similarities and differences people have across various gender identities (e.g., female, male, transgender, genderqueer). The research is therefore designed in an inclusive way to help us discover how everyone experiences gender identity.

I am writing to ask you to participate in my thesis research by responding to the survey questions listed in the link below. To be most effective in our research efforts, we seek respondents at all levels of education, with varying sexual identities or orientations, and with different life experiences. Accordingly, please let friends, loved ones, and colleagues know about this study. Everyone who takes the survey must be 18 years old or older.

If you choose to participate, no identifying information or names will be collected. Thus, a participant's name cannot be connected in any way to the responses he/she/ze provides; stated differently, responses are completely anonymous in this study. The research data will be kept in secure, password-protected computers in Professor Tate's research lab. Only the researcher (Ledbetter), advisor (Tate), and trained research assistants will have access to the data.

There is a minimal risk of discomfort or anxiety due to the nature of the questions asked; however, the participant should answer only those questions he/she/ze chooses, and can stop participation in the research at any time.

By participating in this survey, you are helping researchers better understand the broad range of gender identity experiences. Additionally, you are helping change the way data are collected in social and personality psychology by having your voice be heard as a respondent. The more voices we hear through these responses, the more likely it is that other researchers take notice of this approach and become more inclusive in the study of gender identity. You will also have the opportunity to leave anonymous comments about our approach, especially whether (and in what ways) it could be improved.

For the purposes of this study, the researcher asks that you or any respondent complete the study only one time. The total time commitment is approximately 1 hour and the entire survey is completed online.

If you would like to participate, please click the following link:

If you have any further questions about the study, you may contact the researcher, Jay Ledbetter by email at jledbett@... or you may contact the researcher's advisor, Professor Chuck Tate at ctate2@... or 415.338.2267.

Questions about your rights as a study participant, or comments or complaints about the study, may also be addressed to the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects at San Francisco State University, via phone at 415-338-1093 or via email at protocol@....

Jay Ledbetter
SPAMS Lab Manager
Social Psychology Graduate Student
San Francisco State University

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