Psychological Safety in Multicultural Courses: Religiosity and Attachment Styles as Factors Influencing Psychological Safety

Consent to Participate in a Research Study

Psychological Safety in Multicultural Courses: Religiosity and Attachment Styles as Factors Influencing Psychological Safety.

Principal Investigators: Amy Biang LCMHC, CEDS, UNCC

                                    Jenais Means, MA, LPC, LCMHCA, NCC, UNCC

                                    Ivana Ntimitrigievits, MA, UNCC

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stella Kim, UNCC

You are invited to participate in a research study.  Participation in this research study is voluntary.  The information provided is to help you decide whether or not to participate.  If you have any questions, please ask. 

Important Information You Need to Know

  • The purpose of this study is to explore how religiosity and attachment styles impact a student’s psychological safety when participating in a multicultural course.
  • No identifying information will be collected. Your answers are completely confidential and can not be identified to you specifically.
  • We are asking students currently enrolled in master and doctoral level multicultural courses to complete a survey about their level of religious affiliation, attachment style and then complete a brief 14 question measurement on psychological safety. This study can be done in 5-15 min on any device with access to the internet. The survey begins after you click the “I Accept” button that gives your consent to participate.
  • Please read this form and ask any questions you may have before you decide whether to participate in this research study. 

Why are we doing this study?

The purpose of this study is to better understand how religiosity and attachment styles may impact a student’s psychological safety when participating in a multicultural course. As this course allows students to discuss topics that can be sensitive and emotional, it is important to be aware of factors that cause students to feel safe or at risk when they participate.

Why are you being asked to be in this research study.

You are being asked to be in this study because you are a student, age 18 or older, and in a masters or doctoral multicultural course.

What will happen if I take part in this study?

If you choose to participate you will complete an online survey. There are no other requirements.  We will collect your demographic information (age, gender, political affiliation, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion), and then you will answer three measurements. The first will measure your level of religious participation or beliefs, then your attachment style, and finally your sense of psychological safety as it pertains to being in a multicultural course.  Your total time commitment if you participate in this study will be 5-15 minutes.

What benefits might I experience?

You will not personally benefit from taking part in this research, but our study results may help instructors deliver a more sensitive and effect multicultural course.

What risks might I experience?

This study has minimal foreseeable risks. Questions and statements may increase self-awareness about how you feel and interact in your multicultural course. You may choose to skip questions you do not want to answer. 

How will my information be protected?

There is no identifying information. When you access this survey, we will not collect any information that can identify you as the survey taker. However, once data collection is complete, the data will be downloaded from REDCAP and stored in Dr. Stella Kim’s locked filing cabinet located in her office at UNCC, which is locked for a period of three years.

How will my information be used after the study is over? 

After this study is complete, study data may be shared with other researchers for use in other studies without asking for your consent again or as may be needed as part of publishing our results.  The data we share will NOT include information that could identify you.

Will I receive an incentive for taking part in this study?

There is no monetary incentive for taking part in the study.

What are my rights if I take part in this study? 

It is up to you to decide to be in this research study. Participating in this study is voluntary. Even if you decide to be part of the study now, you may change your mind and stop at any time. You do not have to answer any questions you do not want to answer.

Who can answer my questions about this study and my rights as a participant?

For questions about this research, you may contact Amy Biang, abiang@uncc.edu, 520-331-3796, or Dr. Stella Kim, stella-kim@uncc.edu, 704-687-8539

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or wish to obtain information, ask questions, or discuss any concerns about this study with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact the Office of Research Protections and Integrity at 704-687-1871 or uncc-irb@uncc.edu.

Consent to Participate

By beginning the survey, you acknowledge that you are at least 18 years old, are currently enrolled in a graduate level multicultural course, have read this consent form, have understood the above information, and agree to voluntarily participate in this research.

If you would like a copy of this form for your reference, you may print this out.