PARTICIPANT INFORMATION LETTER
You have been invited to participate in a research study conducted by Joelle Murphy under the
supervision of Dr. Raquel Hoersting.We are interested in determining what kind of role the "Tree
of life" protocol can play in undergraduate student academic stress, imagination and beliefs about
Your participation in this study requires partaking in a mindfulness and strengths-based
intervention that will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. This intervention will take
place through an online zoom meeting. You will be participating individually, it is not a group
process. As the participant you will be asked to write or draw positive events that you have
experienced throughout your life.
In addition to the intervention, participants will be asked to fill out questionnaires through lime
surveys that will take approximately 10-15 minutes, before and/or after the intervention. The
questionnaires will consist of questions regarding students’ academic stress, beliefs about
yourself, positive memories and demographics.
Your participation in this research study is completely voluntary. You can withdraw at any time
without penalty. You may refuse to answer questions or partake in any part of the intervention if
you feel uncomfortable. However, please note that participants cannot withdraw their answers
after the intervention has been completed and the questionnaires have been submitted.
The information you provide throughout the questionnaires and the intervention will be held
confidential through encryption. To ensure anonymity, you will not be identified in written
material from any of your responses. Nor will individual information be released to third parties.
We do not believe there are any direct risks associated with your participation in this study.
However, because we are asking about a number of dimensions regarding academic stress and
beliefs about yourself, your responses might cause you to become more aware of the potentially
challenging nature of your current situation. If you find that you would like to discuss any of the
personal issues that you reflect upon while completing this study, we strongly encourage you to
contact the Counselling Centre. The Counselling Centre is located on the fifth floor of Daton
Hall, with telephone calls (902-566-0488) and emails(firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an intake
appointment with a counsellor. A detailed list of academic resources available to you on campus
is also available after the intervention. Your decision to participate or not to participate or to
withdraw from the study will have no impact whatsoever on your standing in any of your classes.
Participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback on the results of this study. If you are
interested you can email Joelle Murphy at email@example.com or Dr. Raquel Hoersting at
firstname.lastname@example.org six months after the study to obtain the results.
If you have any questions about this study please contact Joelle Murphy at email@example.com
or Dr. Raquel Hoersting at rhoersting@upei. This research has received the approval of the
University of Prince Edward Island’s Research Ethics Board. If you have any concerns about the
ethical aspects of your involvement in this research study, you can contact the UPEI REB, by
phone (902) 620-5104, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 31 questions in this survey.