FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS RESEARCH?

There are several reasons for this research. First, we want to understand why ballet dancers engage in different forms of eating behaviors. Second, we want to understand the social, mental, and behavioral influence of these thoughts and behaviors. Third, we want to see how these thoughts and behaviors relate to different parts of personal identity and goals.

IS PARTICIPATION VOLUNTARY?

It is your choice whether or not to participate in this research – in other words, you do not have to be in this study if you do not want to.  If you choose to participate, you may change your mind and leave the study at any time. There is no punishment if you do not participate or if you stop participating during the study. You can also skip any question but still be in the study.

HOW LONG WILL I TAKE PART IN THIS RESEARCH?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF I TAKE PART IN THIS RESEARCH?

As a participant, you will answer some questions about yourself. Questions will ask about your eating patterns, your thoughts about eating, thoughts about your body, and thoughts about other people’s bodies. Questions may also ask about difficult and stressful experiences. (We will keep this information secret). You will only be asked to take this one survey, and your participation will last about 30 minutes total.

IF I TAKE PART IN THIS RESEARCH, HOW WILL MY PRIVACY BE PROTECTED?
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE INFORMATION YOU COLLECT?

The data we collect will be private and confidential, which means that we will do our best to ensuremake sure that no one except the study team will have access to your information, and your information will not be shared or given out. We are only collecting your first name and your email address to be able to pay you. We will keep your email address separate from all other data and label your data with a code number instead. Although IDs will be linked to email addresses throughout the study to make sure we can pay you, your email address will be deleted within 1 year of study completion, and after we have sent you your gift cards. Your responses to our questions (separate from your name or any identifying information) will be kept forever for the purposes of future analyses.

DON'T PARENTS NEED TO GIVE CONSENT FOR ADOLESCENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH?

Normally, yes! However, there are also times when it’s okay to not involve parents. One reason is the fact that this study is online. It’s pretty much impossible to get parental approval when doing research over the internet. Also, it’s important to protect the privacy of our participants. In many cases, researchers who are doing studies like this one are allowed to do their research without parental consent.

WHAT ARE THE GOOD THINGS THAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF I PARTICIPATE?

Sometimes things happen to people in research studies that make them feel good. These are called “benefits.” There is no guarantee of any direct benefits to you for being in this study. One benefit to you of being in this study is that you might like answering questions about yourself. 


At the end of the study, we will provide a full explanation of the study. We will describe the potential meaning of the results. If you’d like, you can send an email message to the researcher Yuri-Grace Ohashi (yurigraceohashi@college.harvard.edu or 

contact.DANCEstudy@gmail.com), and we will send you a copy of anything we write up based on the research (or summaries of our results). 

WHAT ARE THE BAD THINGS THAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF I PARTICIPATE?

Sometimes things happen to people in research studies that make them feel bad. These are called “risks.” There are a few risks in this study. Sometimes, when people answer questions about themselves and their behaviors, they feel sad, upset, or anxious. You may also feel somewhat uncomfortable when answering questions about private behaviors, like your eating habits or feelings about your body. Similarly, some people may find that the questions about eating cause negative feelings. For other people, they feel the same or better after answering these kinds of questions. It just depends on the person. Please report any problems to the researchers by email if you have any bad thoughts or feelings after participating.


In case you feel like harming yourself, we will provide you with the list of telephone and online hotlines and resources to help keep you safe. (These will include the same resources you were given after completing the screening questionnaire.) 


Another potential risk in taking this study is a breach in confidentiality. Though the research team will take as many steps as possible to keep your responses safe, there is always a chance with online information that someone else could try to get access to our study’s data. We have tried to minimize the chances of this happening by provided layers of online data safety, and by not asking participants for highly identifiable information in the survey, but in taking this survey you acknowledge the risk. In the event that anything like this happens, the study team will be in contact with all participants and take necessary steps forward to address the problem, but the researchers are not personally accountable.

WILL I GET ANY MONEY OR GIFTS FOR BEING IN THIS RESEARCH STUDY?

You are guaranteed payment of $5 if you complete the study and meet our inclusion criteria. The money will be in the form of an Amazon gift card. Gift cards will be sent directly to your email address. You will be paid the $5 within 7 days of completing the study. 


You will also have the chance to win a $50-100 gift card to an online dance retail store (like Discount Dance). One gift card will be raffled for every 50 participants who complete the study. This drawing will happen once all participants complete the study (Fall 2020), and we will contact you if you win one of the additional gift cards.


To help maintain your privacy, we suggest that you use an email address that does not include identifiable information, such as your name.


Our study includes a series of checks to make sure bots, scammers, and repeat submissions are excluded from the data and are not paid. This includes filtering based on fraud scores, duplicate scores, image-based checks, response times, open-response questions, consistency, and overall submission content. If you are not compensated and believe a mistake has been made, you may reach out to the study team via email for a review. However, any suspicious or flagged responses may be disposed if they are not compliant with the various study checks. 

IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CONCERNS OR COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS RESEARCH STUDY, WHO CAN I TALK TO?

If you have questions about this research, wish to contact the research team, or think that the research may have harmed you, please contact us by email at contact.DANCEstudy@gmail.com. We typically reply to emails within 24-hours.


For any questions about your rights or any questions, concerns, suggestions, or complaints that are not answered by the researcher, contact the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research at Harvard University (CUHS) at cuhs@harvard.edu.

WHO IS CONDUCTING THIS RESEARCH?

This study is being conducted by researchers in affiliation with the Harvard University Department of Psychology.