Greetings! My name is Kelsie Offenwanger, and I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Adler University.
I am a fourth year student and I am working on my dissertation. As a trainee, I noticed that some adolescents’ gradual stop cutting or hurting themselves on his or her own while others do not. To gain a better understanding of what was important in helping those individuals stop hurting or injuring themselves I am seeking individuals to participate in an interview about a survey I created. The participants will be asked for their feedback and suggestions about the clarity of survey items on a measure about nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI).
I am looking for participants who are A) adults (i.e., 18 years of age or older), B) previously self-injured during their adolescent years (i.e., 10-17 years of age), and C) do not have a Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis. The purpose of the study is to examine NSSI in individuals who do not currently suffer from other pervasive disorders. Due to the sensitive nature of the topics discussed, the interview procedures may make participants feel unpleasant, or the questions may be too difficult to address. To protect participant safety, participants who experience pervasive disorders, such as Borderline Personality Disorder will not be eligible to participate in the interview
This interview will consist of an in-person or phone interview that will take approximately 1 hour. Consent forms and survey items will be administered in-person or online. The results are intended to improve preventative and treatment interventions for children and adolescents and that use NSSI. Your treatment provider has graciously forwarded this study notice to you. All participants will receive a $10 Visa gift card.
If interested, call or email Kelsie Offenwanger at (847) 804-4025 or KOffenwanger@my.adler.edu. Your email will be needed and possibly your phone number to arrange the interview location or for conducting the phone interview. Your information will only be used for the purpose of scheduling the interview. There is no cost to you for participating in the interview. Your participation is completely voluntary and you may choose to withdraw from the interview at any time without consequence. Your participation or decision not to participate is confidential and no one will know of your decision. Your decision regarding participation will not affect any mental health services you may be receiving or your standing with any organization. Regardless of your decision to complete the interview, you will be provided with a list of resources and information about NSSI at the end of this consent form, and at the end of the interview.
If you have any questions, please contact the following individuals with any concerns: Researcher: Kelsie Offenwanger, KOffenwanger@my.adler.edu, 847-804-4025; Dissertation Chair: Dr. Peter Ji, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-662-4354; IRB Co-Chair: Dr. Lyuba Bobova, email@example.com, 312-662-4366, protocol # 16-029.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Adler University