Just received this invitation from Suzanne. One of her post-doc students needs help with a survey on the way we experienced our childhood and the impact it can have on our current adult lives.:-
Hello my name is Wendy and I am a trainee clinical psychologist currently in my third year at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK. As part of my final Doctorate qualification, it is necessary to undertake a piece of relevant and original psychological research. As such I am looking at the link between the way we experience our childhood and the impact it can have on our current adult lives. The study has been given full ethical approval by the UEA Ethics Committee.
You are being invited to take part in this research study. The aim of this email is to open up the study to as many people as possible, and you would have received it because you either know the researcher or someone connected with them or alternatively because permission has been granted by your employer or student body.
The research is being conducted online (the attached link below takes you directly to the study) and will involve filling in a range of short questionnaires, which will take around 20 minutes to complete altogether. We need to capture a wide range of childhood experience; therefore the study is relevant to you whether you had a very happy childhood with no problems or whether you had a very difficult and unhappy childhood. However you do need to be 25 years and older to participate. The study is totally anonymous and confidential.
Finally in order to gather meaningful results we need to get as many people as possible to take part in the study. Therefore we are also asking everyone to forward this email on to other people who you think would be interested in helping with this project. Please feel free to email me at childhood.experience at uea.ac.uk if you have any further questions or queries.
Thank you for your time over this, it really is appreciated. Please click on the attached link below now if you would like to continue further with the study.
So come on blogosphere lets get her the couple of thousand replies she needs.
I would suggest your student writes a letter to The Editor of her local newspaper outlining her request too, she might get a good response.
thanks for this suggestion. Unfortunatly Wendy only has ethical approval for an online study. To approach another sourse of participants like a newspaper she would have to go back to the ethics committee for further permission and she doesn’t really have the time to do that now.
The positive thing is that from going live last friday pm she already has nearly 200 responces