Invitation to participate in a survey exploring the impact of coming out and/or transitioning on health behaviours and experiences on individuals aged 18 and over.
I would like to invite you to take part in a research study. Before you decide I would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. I will go through the information sheet with you and answer any questions you have.
Research has explored the needs of sexual minorities when a health issues occurs (Keuroghlian, Ard & Makadon, 2017) providing behaviour change, and the health promotional materials for future occurrences. Research has identified the psychological effects throughout ‘coming out’ and/or ‘transitioning’ and how this has influenced behaviour change and lifestyle factors (Bockting & Coleman, 2016). Little has explored the effects during ‘coming out’ and/or ‘transitioning’ stages, where an individual is questioning their sexuality and gender.
What is the purpose of the study?
This study wants to find out about the impact of coming out and/ or transitioning on behaviour change effecting physical health. The study hopes to understand health disparities within UK sexual minorities, providing information for health promotion.
Why have I been invited?
You have been invited to take part because you fit the criteria of being a sexual minority over the age of 18. Also because you have showed an interest in participating in this research.
Do I have to take part?
It is up to you to decide to join the study. I will describe the study and go through this information sheet. If you agree to take part, I will then ask you to sign a consent form. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time and can ask for your data to be destroyed up until one month after completion of the questionnaire without giving a reason.
What will happen to me if I take part?
If you agree to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form. Once you have given consent you will then be asked to complete a 30-40 minute questionnaire consisting of 10 questions. This questionnaire will cover topics such as coming out and/or transitioning, challenges faced when accessing healthcare, health problems LGBT members’ face and health promotional tools used. You will not need to meet the researcher during this study as all questionnaires will be completed online. On completion of the study, you will be given a debrief providing contact information if an distress has been cause.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
It is hoped that the study will enhance current understanding of health disparities sexual minorities face in the UK when coming out and/or transitioning. It is also hoped that this information will help the use of health promotional materials.
What if there is a problem?
Any complaint about the way you have been dealt with during the study or any possible harm you might suffer will be addressed. If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, you should ask to speak to the research supervisor, Katherine Swainston (K.Swainston@tees.ac.uk) who will do their best to answer your questions.
Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?
Yes. I will follow ethical and legal practice and all information about you will be handled in confidence. All information which is collected about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential, and any information about you will have your name and contact details removed so that you cannot be recognised.
What will happen to the results of the research study?
Following the study, the results will be analysed by myself and constructed as part of the researchers Masters Health Project. If you wish, a summary of the findings can be sent to you once available.
Who has reviewed the study?
Teesside University School of Social Sciences & Law Research Ethics Committee have reviewed the study.