Consent to Participate in Research
You are invited to participate in a research study entitled “Millennial Christians and Marijuana Use.” The study is being conducted by Sarah Faeth Sanders as a Master’s Thesis project under the supervision of Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Claremont School of Theology, 1325 N. College Ave. Claremont, CA 91711. Assisting in supervision is Dr. Grace Yia-Hei Kao (email@example.com) of Claremont School of Theology.
Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this research is to examine the use of recreational marijuana among members of the Millennial generation who are 18 years or older (born 1980-1997) who self-identify as Christians and are in some way connected to a religious community through regular or occasional attendance or other connections such as employment, schooling, or online attendance via podcasts, etc. The individual experience of Christian Millennial marijuana users will be examined in order to understand the relationship between Christian identity and drug use in Millennials. Your participation in this study will contribute to a better understanding of changing attitudes toward marijuana use among religious people and how this may be unique among the Millennial generation. You are free to contact the investigator using the information below to discuss the study:
Sarah Faeth Sanders
Procedures: Your participation in this study will consist of one in-depth interview one to two hours in duration. With permission, this interview will be recorded. During this time you will be asked questions about your personal experiences that pertain to the research topic, including religious beliefs and affiliation, type and frequency of drug use, and personal beliefs and opinions related to marijuana.
The researcher may ask for permission to contact you after the interview with follow-up questions or may ask to observe you or your community in a field observation related to the research. If this is the case, separate permission will be obtained and no action will be required on the part of the participant. At no time will the researcher reveal your participation in this study during field observation. You will not be compensated for your participation. Research for this project will conclude with a final written paper submitted May 1, 2016. At this time, all data will be destroyed to protect the identity of interview subjects.
Risks and Confidentiality: There are no more than minimal risks associated with this study, including feelings of discomfort, anxiety, or embarrassment due to the personal nature of the interview questions. There are no costs for participating. Your name and contact information will be kept separate from research data for follow-up purposes only, and will be destroyed at the end of the project period on May 1, 2016. The primary researcher, Sarah Faeth Sanders, will be the only person with access to contact information or any other data collected during the duration of research. All personally identifiable information will be changed in research notes, transcriptions, and the final research paper in order to protect your identity. Once recorded audio of interviews has been transcribed, audio recordings will be destroyed. This will happen no later than January 1, 2016. At the time of the project’s completion on May 1, 2016, all other data concerning interviewees will be destroyed by the researcher in order to ensure the continued privacy of participants. No personally identifiable information will be released publicly or shared with anyone by the researcher. Personally identifiable information will not under any circumstances be shared with any law enforcement agency. Under U.S. Code 42 3789g, research information concerning past crimes is immune from legal process, and cannot be used in any legal proceeding as evidence.
Participant Rights: Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any question and you have the right to withdraw from participation at any time. Withdrawal will not affect your relationship with Claremont School of Theology in any way. If you do not want to participate, you may simply stop participating. To rescind information volunteered during interviews or to request non-inclusion in the project’s final written results, please contact the primary investigator before March 1, 2016. You have a right to request that research findings be made available to you upon completion of the research project by contacting the primary researcher. This research may be considered for publication in the future.
If you have questions about the study or need to update your email address please contact the primary investigator Sarah Faeth Sanders at 702-904-5771 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This study has been reviewed by Claremont School of Theology Institutional Review Board and the study number is 31.
If you have questions about your rights or are dissatisfied at any time with any part of this study, you can contact, anonymously if you wish, the chair of the Institutional Review Board by phone at (909) 447-6344 or email at email@example.com.