Dear Highly Sensitive Men,
I am currently serving on the dissertation committee for Daniel Miller, who is a Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling and Counselor Education at the University of Rochester. Daniel’s dissertation study focuses on understanding the identity development of highly sensitive men. Your perspective and experiences as a highly sensitive man could provide valuable insight for Daniel into what the highly sensitive identity means to highly sensitive men, and how highly sensitive men navigate gender socialization experiences to help counselors, educators, and others working with highly sensitive boys and men have a better understanding of your unique experiences. Please note this study only seeks highly sensitive men who grew up in the US.
Attached to this email is an information letter further detailing the research study. If you are interested in participating in this research study or have any questions about the study, please feel free to contact Daniel directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please help me help Daniel by sharing this post to your social media and to any HS men you may know!
An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Identity Development of
Highly Sensitive Men
Principal Investigator: Daniel Miller
This form describes a research study that is being conducted by Daniel Miller under the supervision of Martin Lynch, Ph.D. from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and Human Development.
The purpose of this study is to develop a deeper understanding of the experiences of highly sensitive men as they relate to their identity development as highly sensitive men. Specifically, this research study is interested in understanding more about what the highly sensitive identity means to highly sensitive men, and how highly sensitive men navigate gender socialization, to better understand the unique experiences of the highly sensitive male population.
If you decide to take part in this study, you will be asked to participate in the following data collection and analysis procedures:
● Complete 3 short questionnaires. These questionnaires will ask basic information about your identities and personality and help determine whether you are an appropriate fit for this study. Together, they should only take about 10 minutes to complete. If you fit the necessary criteria for this particular study, you will proceed with the following study procedures below. If you don’t meet the necessary criteria, unfortunately, you won’t be eligible for this particular study and you won’t proceed to the next steps. This study focuses on collecting data from a demographically diverse population of highly sensitive men, therefore primary reasons for being excluded from moving forward in the study would be if your particular demographic group happens to be overrepresented in the data already collected.
● Next, you will participate in 3 interviews. The 3 interviews will be spaced no shorter than 3 days apart, but no longer than 1 week apart to allow for the optimum time for the researcher to process the interviews. Each interview will last approximately 1 hour and will take place over Zoom video conferencing, but have the option of being audio-only depending upon your preference. Interviews will be audio-recorded only using voice recording applications. The first interview will focus on you describing your life story growing up as a highly sensitive boy/man, the second will focus on your current experiences as a highly sensitive man, and the third will focus on understanding what the highly sensitive identity means to you.
● Finally, you will periodically provide feedback on the primary investigator’s developing understanding of your interviews throughout the data analysis process. This will help ensure that the primary investigator is understanding and representing your voice accurately in the findings for the research study. There will be 3 requests for feedback throughout the data analysis. These feedback requests will take place over email.
We estimate that approximately 10-25 subjects will take part in this study. Your participation will take course over a 3-week period for interview procedures, with 3 feedback requests taking place periodically over the course of the next 6 months after interviews are completed. Study participants are required to participate in all interview procedures within a 3 week period. Participants who are unable to complete all interviews over the 3 week period may be withdrawn from the study by the primary investigator.
There is a small chance that some of the interview questions may feel personal or make you feel uncomfortable. You may skip any questions you don’t want to answer. Additionally, if you experience discomfort in interviews, the primary investigator will provide you with resources to assist with processing this discomfort. There are no other expected risks to you for participating in this study. There are also no expected benefits.
You will not be paid for participating in this study. There will be no cost to you to participate in this study.
The University of Rochester makes every effort to keep the information collected from you private. In order to do so, all study data will be stored in a secure manner. Regarding the use of audio recordings for interviews are recorded for transcription and analysis purposes only and will not be released in any publication or report; they will be destroyed once the analysis is complete. Only the investigators will have access to your individual responses. Sometimes, however, researchers need to share information that may identify you with people that work for the University or regulators. If this does happen we will take precautions to protect the information you have provided. Additionally, results of the research may be presented at meetings or in publications, but your name will not be used.
Feedback requests will occur over email. Transmitting your information by e-mail has a number of risks that you should consider. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
a) E-mail can be circulated, forwarded, stored electronically and on paper, and broadcast to unintended recipients.
b) E-mail senders can easily misaddress an e-mail.
c) Backup copies of e-mail may exist even after the sender or the recipient has deleted his or her copy.
d) Employers and on-line services have a right to inspect e-mail transmitted through their systems.
e) E-mail can be intercepted, altered, forwarded, or used without authorization or detection.
f) E-mail can be used to introduce viruses into computer systems.
Conditions for the Use of E-mail
The researcher cannot guarantee but will use reasonable means to maintain security and confidentiality of e-mail information sent and received. You and researcher must consent to the following conditions:
a) E-mail is not appropriate for urgent or emergency situations. The researcher cannot guarantee that any particular e-mail will be read and responded to.
b) E-mail must be concise. You should schedule an appointment if the issue is too complex or sensitive to discuss via e-mail.
c) E-mail communications between you and the researcher will be filed in your research record.
d) Your messages may also be delegated to any member of the study team for response.
e) The researcher will not forward subject-identifiable e-mails outside of the University of Rochester and Affiliates without your prior written consent, except as authorized or required by law.
f) You should not use e-mail for communication regarding sensitive medical information.
g) It is your responsibility to follow up and/or schedule an appointment if warranted.
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You are free not to participate or to withdraw at any time, for whatever reason. No matter what decision you make, there will be no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.
For more information or questions about this research you may call Daniel Miller at (315) 719-7188. Please contact the University of Rochester Research Subjects Review Board at 265 Crittenden Blvd., CU 420628, Rochester, NY 14642, Telephone (585) 276-0005 or (877) 449-4441 for the following reasons:
● You wish to talk to someone other than the research staff about your rights as a research subject;
● To voice concerns about the research;
● To provide input concerning the research process;
● In the event the study staff could not be reached.