New Longitudinal Study To Look At Stability and Change in Self-Identity, Attitudes, and Beliefs

Hello friends!

I’m excited to announce I’ll be working on a new sociological study and I’m hoping you will participate! The study is about individual changes within a wide range of measures of views on cultural tolerance, psychological makeup, attitudes, religion, personal values, and social relationships. You would answer survey questions online over a 10 year period!

Longitudinal studies are difficult, but hopefully we can get many participants to absorb the inevitable loss of participation overtime. Thomas J. Coleman III and Joseph Langston are the co-leaders of this project. Dr. Corey L. Cook, Dr. Caleb Schaffner, Dr. David Speed, and Dr. Daryl R. Van Tongeren are also involved. It’s exciting to work with so many great academics from all over the world!

Below is some of the information from the consent form if you are interested! Please read it all if you want to participate. Basically, you would have to answer about 30 minutes of survey questions three times total, each time spread out five years apart. So it’s a pretty easy study to do!

What is the purpose of this research study?

Over the human lifespan, individual change occurs in a variety of social, cultural, and psychological characteristics. Research studies conducted by social and behavioral scientists aim to capture the nature of these changes, that is, how and why they occur, and the factors related to them as causes and consequences. This study will examine how a number of different characteristics vary over time, and how these variations predict change or stability in certain aspects of individual identity.

In this study, we will follow one group of people over a 10-year period. This is known in social science research as a longitudinal study, and will involve the use of three surveys (each of which is known as a “wave”) administered 5 years apart:

First survey: May to July 2018
Second survey: May to July 2023
Third survey: May to July 2028

The surveys consist of 13 blocks of questions, the final block of which captures demographic information. The other 12 blocks are scales and instruments drawn from the research literatures of psychology and sociology. These blocks will appear in random order, as will the order of questions in most blocks.

Who is eligible to participate in this study?

For this study, any non-institutionalized individual in the general U.S. population who is at least 18 years of age is eligible. We will attempt to collect at least 4,000 American respondents for this study.

Do I have to take part?

No, you do not have to take part in this study. If you decide to take part in this study, but later decide that you no longer wish to participate, you are free to not participate at any time. If you decide at any point in time that you do not wish to participate in the study any longer, and you would like the researchers to delete any data that was collected from you as a result of your participation, simply contact the Primary Investigator at the email address provided below.

What do I have to do?

You will be asked to answer no more than 117 survey questions; depending on your answers, some questions may or may not appear for you. We estimate that this will take approximately 25 to 35 minutes, although individual completion times will vary. Although some questions within each block may seem highly similar, we ask that you give each question its own unique consideration. Once you move on from one block to the next block, you will not be allowed to go back and change response options. The survey also cannot be saved and completed at a later time, meaning that you will need to complete the survey in one session.

We will also ask you to provide an email address, so that we may send you the second and third waves of the survey, as well as match up each person’s data across all three waves. We strongly recommend that you provide a personal email address, instead of one that you use for work or school or other non-personal purposes. In other words, the email address that you provide to us should be one that you will probably have and use for at least the next 10 years. Additionally, we strongly recommend that you do not take the survey on a cell phone, as the format of some questions may make this very difficult.

If you are interested, CLICK HERE, for the study link where you’ll find more information. Also feel free to ask me, Thomas, or Joseph any questions you have.

Unfortunately, this is not a paid study. But it’s fairly easy to do and you’ll get to see the results of a super cool long term sociological study!

Thank you!

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