Study to explore effects of stigma, discrimination on mental health

June 21, 2024

A Harvard researcher is seeking participants for a study to explore the effect of stigma and discrimination on mental health and suicide risk among people with disabilities and chronic conditions. 

The study consists of a 30- to 45-minute survey that is open to any American adult who identifies as having a disability or chronic condition. Participants must be 18 or older and will be asked to complete a prescreening to determine eligibility. Some of the questions are about potentially sensitive topics. Participants can stop at any time by closing out of the window. At the end of the prescreening, a list of resources that might be helpful will be provided. Prescreening survey responses will not be shared with anyone. Every participant will be paid a $10 gift card.

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A Harvard Google Drive, which allows storage of Medium Risk Confidential data, will be used to store the study data and email addresses. Survey data will be collected using Qualtrics, which uses Transport Layer Security encryption for all transmitted data, meets the gold standard of U.S. government security compliance, and is HIPAA compliant. The only identifiable piece of information that will be collected are email addresses so participants can receive their gift cards. Email addresses will be stored separately from all other data, and all data will be assigned a research ID number. 

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