Dear Fresno LGBT Community Center Member,
We are inviting you to participant in a research study for a clinical psychology student’s doctoral dissertation at Walden University, conducted by Joseph Claybaugh. The dissertation study is entitled “The Relationship between Level of Religiosity during Childhood and Suicidal Ideation in Gay Males.” The aim of the study is to determine if there is any relationship between levels of a gay male’s religious beliefs and the extremely high numbers of gay males who contemplate suicide each year, which is substantially higher than in heterosexual males.
The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. If you choose to participate in this study or want more information, please click on the link to Survey Monkey, below, and read the consent form, which should be the first page you see. You must identify as a gay male and be at least 18 years of age in order to participate. If you so desire, there is a small “thank you” for your participation in the form of a t-shirt, which is further explained in the consent form.
Please note that your participation is entirely voluntary and you are welcome to withdraw your participation at any time during the survey. You are not obligated to complete the surveys if at any time you feel uncomfortable with the questions. This survey is completely anonymous. If you would like a printed t-shirt as a “thank you,” you can provide any address you wish; your name will not be necessary. The package can be sent to “General Delivery.” (There is further information about this on the Informed Consent Form, or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for the information.)