Participant Information Sheet
It’s a man’s world: An investigation of masculinity and internalised homophobia amongst homosexual men
You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Jack Thepsourinthone (Master of Research candidate), under the supervision of Doctor Tinashe Dune (Lecturer/Supervisor) of the School of Science and Health. The purpose of this project is to investigate the interaction between homosexual men’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours relating to traditional notions of masculinity and their experiences of being gay. The study involves a single session during which you will be asked to complete a short survey containing questions about your experiences of identifying as a homosexual male, specific gender norms, and a range of other matters including childhood and perceptions of other homosexual men.
How is the study being paid for?
The study is being sponsored by the School of Science and Health at the Western Sydney University.
What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to complete a short survey containing questions about your experiences of identifying as a homosexual male and related issues.
How much of my time will I need to give?
The survey will take approximately 20 minutes.
What benefits will I, and/or the broader community, receive for participating?
You will not receive specific benefits.
Will the study involve any risk or discomfort for me? If so, what will be done to rectify it?
We do not believe the survey will involve any discomfort for you. If, however, you anticipate that you may be uncomfortable answering questions about masculinity and experiences of being gay in an anonymous online survey then we suggest that you choose not to complete the survey. If you do experience discomfort from completing the survey, please contact Lifeline (13-11-14), BeyondBlue (1300-224-636), or 1800RESPECT (1800-737-732)—a 24/7 counselling helpline providing information/support for sexual- and family-related abuse. Alternatively, you may contact Doctor Tinashe Dune email email@example.com and she will advise on steps you may choose to take to rectify that.
How do you intend to publish or disseminate the results?
It is anticipated that the results of this research project will be published and/or presented in a variety of forums. In any publication and/or presentation, information will be provided in such a way that the participant cannot be identified. Participation in this online survey is anonymous. However, please be advised that, at the end of the survey, you will be asked if you would like to participate in an online interview as well. By providing your details in the space provided, your responses in this survey will no longer be anonymous.
Will the data and information that I have provided be disposed of?
Please be assured that only the researchers will have access to the raw data you provide and that your data will not be used in any other projects. Please note that minimum retention period for data collection is five years post publication. The data and information you have provided will be securely disposed of.
Can I withdraw from the study?
Participation is entirely voluntary and you are not obliged to be involved. If you do participate you can withdraw at any time without giving reason.
If you do choose to withdraw, any information that you have supplied will be deleted.
You may withdraw from the online survey by either closing the page or the browser before the end of the survey. However, as the survey is anonymous and non-identifiable, there is no way of withdrawing your responses once the survey has been completed in its entirety.
Can I tell other people about the study?
Yes, you can tell other people about the study by forwarding the link that you followed that directed you to this survey.
What if I require further information?
Please contact Jack Thepsourinthone should you wish to discuss the research further before deciding whether or not to participate.
Jack Thepsourinthone (Master of Research candidate) firstname.lastname@example.org
Tinashe Dune (Supervisor) email@example.com
What if I have a complaint?
If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this research, you may contact the Ethics Committee through Research Engagement, Development and Innovation (REDI) on Tel +61 2 4736 0229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully, and you will be informed of the outcome.
If you agree to participate in this study, you may be asked to sign the Participant Consent Form. The information sheet is for you to keep and the consent form is retained by the researcher/s.
This study has been approved by the Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee. The Approval number is H12044.