I invite you to participate in a research study entitled The Effects of Game-Based Creative Practices in Different Video Gaming Genres on Identity Development and Implications for Use in Art Therapy. I am currently enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA, and am in the process of writing my Master’s Thesis. The purpose of the research is to determine if avatar creation or game-based art making plays a role in identity development among individuals who consider themselves video ‘gamers’.
The enclosed questionnaire has been designed to collect information on your experiences as a gamer and member of the gaming community as a part of one’s identity and subculture.
Your participation in this research project is completely voluntary. You may decline altogether, or leave blank any questions you don’t wish to answer. There are no known risks to participation beyond those encountered in everyday life. You will not be asked to provide your name and all responses will remain confidential and anonymous. Data from this research will be password protected and encrypted with a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certification and reported only as a combined total. No one other than the researchers will know your individual answers to this questionnaire.
If you agree to participate in this project, please answer the questions on the questionnaire as best you can. It should take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Please complete the questionnaire by clicking the “submit” button at the end of the survey.
If you have any questions about this project, feel free to contact Mirella Torres, student investigator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or research supervisor, Dr. Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC at EPatridge@ndnu.edu. Information on the rights of human subjects in research is available through the NDNU’s Institutional Review Board at Notre Dame de Namur University 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA, 94002; website: www.ndnu.edu/academics/research; or Dr. Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC (Chair, Institutional Review Board, NDNU) at (650) 508-3674.
Thank you for your assistance in this important endeavor.