Harvard University study into self-triggering behaviours

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Harvard University study into self-triggering behaviours

by forum_admin » Thu May 30, 2019 1:51 pm

We have received another request from Harvard University to advertise the second stage of a study seeking the involvement of trauma survivors in a study about self-triggering. The context provided is "Even though self-triggering has become an increasingly reported behavior online, very little systematic research has been conducted on it. We want to find out more about people who self-trigger, as well as the forms and functions of self-triggering. Such research may help to determine how and why people self-trigger, how it affects their trauma-related symptoms, and aid in developing more effective treatments for those who self-trigger. Once the research has been conducted and published, a summary of the findings will be provided to the website - individuals who are interested can contact Ben Bellet bwbellet@g.harvard.edu who is the primary investigator for a copy of the full report."

The formal request is as follows:

"Have you ever sought out reminders of a traumatic experience you have had? This behavior is called “self-triggering” by some people. If so, we want to learn more about your experiences in a short survey.

We are graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University working on a study that seeks to understand trauma survivors who seek out reminders of their traumatic event (by watching videos, reading literature, or other methods). This study has been approved by the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects at Harvard University.

This study will be completed online at a single time point and participation is completely voluntary. If you qualify for the study, the entire study will take about 10 minutes to complete.

A few important things to know about the study are:
1. All information collected will be kept completely confidential.
2. Participation is voluntary. The link we provide will send you to a website that asks some questions to determine whether you are eligible to participate. If you are eligible, we will provide you with a full description of the study and you can decide whether or not you want to participate. Also, if you start to participate and decide you no longer feel comfortable or are no longer interested, you can end your participation without any penalty or punishment.
3. This study will include only trauma survivors fluent in English who are 18+ years old, and have engaged in self-triggering behavior at least once.
4. We will also provide links to treatment and informational resources throughout the study.

To participate, copy and paste the following URL into your browser search bar:

If you are not interested in participating but you know someone who might be, please feel free to forward this information and the link to the study.

Thanks for your consideration!"
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