About this survey
Study: Psychological factors influencing cannabis experiences: Stage One.
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WHAT IS THE AIM OF THIS RESEARCH?
In this study we are interested in how people experience the effects of cannabis (pot, weed, marijuana) differently. For example, while some people report feeling relaxed after cannabis use, others experience anxiety, nausea, and other aversive effects. We think that several psychological factors may have a role to play in determining the unique cannabis experience of an individual, including personality, mood, and patterns of thought. We are also interested in how these factors may differ among people with varied exposure to cannabis - hence, you do not have to have tried cannabis before or be a current user to participate in this study. We would like to recruit people who are not currently being treated for psychiatric disorders or issues pertaining to substance use, and we would like to hear from people of all ages above 18 years.
The University of Wollongong and the researchers do not in any way encourage the use of cannabis. The current project has the goal of gaining a better understanding of and minimising the risks which may be associated with recreational cannabis use.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I TAKE PART?
If you would like to participate in this study, you will be presented with a series of online questionnaires. Within this online survey, you will be asked to complete some questions on your experiences with cannabis (e.g. If you are a cannabis user, how often do you use cannabis?) as well as some which tap at aspects of your personality (e.g. Do you feel that you are unable to get “close” to other people?) and mood (e.g. “I found it difficult to relax” on an Apply/Did Not Apply scale). We will ask you about your recreational use of other substances (i.e. to indicate your history and status of use) and your mental health (e.g. Have you ever been treated for any mental health issues?), some of which questions may be sensitive. You will also be asked to answer a series of questions about your thoughts, feelings, and ideas of cannabis (e.g. “Marijuana makes small things seem intensely interesting”, answered on an Agree/Disagree scale; “I use marijuana to be sociable” on a Never/Always scale).
In between the series of online questionnaires, you will be presented with a short task which taps at attentional aspects of your thinking processes. You will be presented with a series of image pairs; these images range from pleasant to unpleasant in content. For every image pair that comes up on your screen, one of the two images will quickly be replaced with an “X”. You will be asked to respond to this “X” by pressing a key on your keyboard. All up, we estimate that these should take you about 45 minutes to complete. After you complete this study, you will be presented with the option of leaving your email for us to contact and invite you to participate in the second stage of this project.
This survey is Stage One of a two-part project. Stage Two of this project involves attending a session at our lab (University of Wollongong, Building 41-GS13; New South Wales, Australia) to complete a few pen/paper and computerised tasks. If you complete this survey and reside in New South Wales (Australia), we may invite you via email to see whether you might be interested in coming in to see us. We will be focusing on people with particular profiles so we will not be getting in touch with everyone. Alternatively, if you would like to volunteer your time for Stage Two regardless of whether we email you or not, please get in touch with us to set up a suitable day and time (Contact information below). Taking part in Stage One does not commit you to taking part in Stage Two (i.e. you can just complete this survey).
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE DISADVANTAGES AND RISKS OF TAKING PART?
You may find the unpleasant images which appear in the online task (see section above) quite confronting and feel uncomfortable viewing them. Care has been taken to exclude any pictures classified to be distressing or sexually explicit, and the pictures in this task will only be flashed briefly on your computer screen. It is unlikely that you will become distressed during the course of this study. However, if you should experience any issues you may approach the services listed below for support. Alternatively, you may get in touch with the researchers and we will be able to direct you to the appropriate support.
- UOW Counselling Services (for enrolled UOW students):
Mon - Fri 9 am - 5 pm, 02 4221 3445
- headspace Wollongong: Mon - Fri 845 am - 5 pm, 4220 7660
- Lifeline: 24 hrs telephone support, 13 11 14
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WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF TAKING PART?
Some people find that answering questionnaires gets them thinking about the way they see themselves, and find that online computer tasks can be fun. Importantly, this study will help researchers to learn more about how the diverse range of cannabis experiences are shaped by factors such as personality, mood, and thought processes. Your time, input and sincere responses are highly valued and very much appreciated.
If you have been recruited through the UOW Research Participation Scheme (SONA), you will be granted 1 credit point for completing this online survey. Participants who complete both Stage One and Stage Two (see section above) will be thanked for their time with a $20 Woolworth's Group gift voucher.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE PART?
You can access this information sheet any time and consider whether you want to participate. Please ask us about anything you’re not sure of. You are able to end your involvement in this study at any time without giving us an explanation. There will be no detrimental effects for you should you exit the survey before completion.
WILL MY TAKING PART IN THE STUDY BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
Your participation in the study will be kept confidential within the research team. We will not divulge any information which you reveal in the course of the study to anyone outside the research team. The data you provide us will be kept anonymously. When you agree to take part in this study, you will be allocated a number code and you will not be identifiable from the data you provide. This code is allocated to link up your data between stages of our project in the occasion that you decide to take part in subsequent parts of the current research. If you consent to being contacted about other studies in providing us your email address, your email address will be used for the sole purpose of our getting in touch to invite you to participate in these studies. Your email address will be stored with your number code in a file separate from the other information which you tell us. It is possible the results from this study will be presented in some form in a PhD thesis and at academic conferences, but you will not be recognisable in any of the presented data.
WHAT IF THERE IS A PROBLEM?
This study has been reviewed by the Human Research Ethics Committee (Social Science, Humanities and Behavioural Science) of the University of Wollongong. We do not anticipate that there will be problems related to being involved in this study. If you have any concerns or complaints regarding the way this research has been conducted, please let the researcher know immediately. Alternatively, if you have any complaints you can contact the UoW Ethics Officer on (02) 4221 3386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any further questions or have other concerns which are not addressed in this information sheet please feel free to get in touch with Maryann, Madoc, or Emma.
Thank you for your interest in this study. Your time, input and sincere responses are highly valued and very much appreciated.
Contact informationInformation about this study:
School of Psychology
School of Psychology
Dr. Emma Barkus
School of Psychology
Contact email: email@example.com