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Implementing the Tree of Life

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

yourself.

 

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(studentserv@upei.ca) 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 jmurphy2@upei.ca or Dr. Raquel Hoersting at

rhoersting@upei.ca six months after the study to obtain the results.

 

If you have any questions about this study please contact Joelle Murphy at jmurphy2@upei.ca

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: researcherportal@upei.ca

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