PARTICIPANT INFORMATION AND CONSENT FOR UQ RESEARCH PROJECT
What's the link between cannabis use and psychotic experiences? UQ Ethics Approval Number: 2018000181
Professor Leanne Hides - NHMRC Senior Future Fellow | Dr Catherine Quinn - Postdoctoral Research Fellow | Dr Rachel Elphinston - Postdoctoral Research Fellow | Dr Dominique deAndrade - Postdoctoral Research Fellow | Mr Stoyan Stoyanov - Project Manager | Mr Kevin Sickelmore - Research Assistant | Ms Kate McLisky - Clinical Research Assistant | Ms Kelly Brown - Clinical Research Assistant | Mr Babak Panahi- Research Assistant | Mr Luke Nykiel - Research Assistant | Ms Tamara Van Der Zant - Research Assistant
School of Psychology, University of Queensland
This project aims to increase the current understanding of odd or unusual psychotic-like experiences in young cannabis users. Unusual experiences include odd thoughts and experiences, like thinking people are out to get you in some way or seeing or hearing things other people say they can't see or hear. People can have unusual experiences when using or not using cannabis.
You are invited to participate in this project if you:
(1) Are aged between 16 and 25 years; and
(2) Have used cannabis at least once in the past month.
Participation will involve completing a confidential online survey. This survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes of your time. You will be asked to repeat the survey 6 and 12 months later.
Questions will include 'How often do you use cannabis?' and 'Do you ever feel as if people seem to drop hints about you or say things with a double meaning?'. We suggest you try to complete the survey in one session or you might need to start the survey again.
You will go into the draw to win one of ten $100 gift vouchers for completing each survey, if you provide your email address at the end of the survey.
We are also trialing a new Web-based program called Keep it Real, which targets psychotic-like experiences in young cannabis users. At the end of this survey you may be invited to take part in the trial and will be presented with further information on the project and what you will be compensated for taking part. If you are interested, please select the checkbox at the end of the survey.
Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you agree to participate you do not have to complete any question(s) you are uncomfortable answering. Your decision to participate or not participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with UQ (for example your grades). If you do agree to participate you can withdraw from the project at any time without comment or penalty. Any identifiable information already obtained from you will be destroyed.
This project may or may not directly benefit you, by providing you with information about cannabis and unusual experiences. You may be invited to trial a new website to help us determine its impact on cannabis and psychotic-like experiences.
To compensate you for your contribution in completing this survey, should you choose to participate, you will go into the draw to win one of ten $100 gift vouchers. You will be invited to complete this survey again after 6 and 12 months and then, again you will be entered into the draw to win one of ten $100 gift vouchers.
If you are invited and agree to participate in the website evaluation, you will receive further information on the compensation for the trial at the end of this survey.
There are few risks associated with your participation in this project. There are no physical, social, financial or professional risks associated with participating in this project. The risk of reporting illegal activities (drug use, under-age drinking) is minimised by maintaining confidentiality at all times except where ethically or legally bound to break the confidentiality agreement (e.g., if you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else; if you are involved in or are likely to be involved in legal proceedings in the near future and we receive a court order (subpoena) to release your information). You will not be asked about other illegal activities apart from alcohol consumption (if you are under-age) and illicit drug use.
If you do become upset during or following your participation, please contact us (see details below).
If you would like substance use and/or mental health treatment you can contact the following services. We will contact you if we believe this would be beneficial and help refer you to an appropriate service (if you are interested):
Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour) for telephone counselling and referrals.
Lifeline 13 11 14 (24 hour) for telephone counselling.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) Freecall 1800 422 599 ' information, support and referral service
headspace, the Australian Youth Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and counselling to young people aged 12 to 25 years on mental health issues; find your local headspace service at www.headspace.org.au
eheadspace, www.eheadspace.org.au or 1800 650 890; offers online chat and telephone support.
Privacy and Confidentiality
All comments and responses are confidential unless required by law. Your survey response data and e-mail address will be recorded and stored separately to maintain confidentiality, and to prevent your responses from being identified as your own. Any data collected as part of this project will be stored securely as per UQ's Management of research data policy. We suggest that the email address you provide us with does not contain your name or organisation name to maintain your anonymity. Please note that non-identifiable data collected in this project may be published and/or discussed at conferences, information bulletins, and in academic journals. All data will be destroyed five years from final year of publication.
The project is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health. They will have not have access to the confidential research data obtained during the project.
Questions / further information about the project
If you have any questions or require further information please contact one of the research team members below.
Prof Leanne Hides
Phone: (07) 3365 6398
Phone: (07) 3443 2569
Concerns / complaints regarding the conduct of the project
This study adheres to the Guidelines of the ethical review process of The University of Queensland and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Whilst you are free to discuss your participation in this study with project staff (contactable on 3365 3054), if you would like to speak to an officer of the University not involved in the study, you may contact the Ethics Coordinator on 3365 3924.
Thank you for helping with this research project. Please keep this sheet for your information.
Consent to Participate
By selecting "I agree to participate in this research study" below, you are indicating that you:
Have read and understood the information document regarding this project.
Have had any questions answered to your satisfaction.
Understand that if you have any additional questions you can contact the research team.
Understand that you are free to withdraw at any time, without comment or penalty.
Understand that you can contact the Ethics Coordinator on 3365 3924 or email email@example.com if you have concerns about the ethical conduct of the project.
Understand that non-identifiable data collected in this project may be used as comparative data in future projects.
Understand submitting the completed online survey is accepted as an indication of consent to participate.
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