Feb 20, 2021

Family Caring Research Study

Request for participants who have/had family members in controlling/abusive groups - for “Family Caring Research Study”
If you are interested in cooperating with the research request below, keep in mind that, unless you have made a legal commitment to the contrary, you may withdraw your participation at any time and for any reason. Occasionally, participation in research studies may stimulate adverse reactions. If you experience such reactions, feel free to assert yourself and withdraw from the study, if you wish.  Any feedback on your participation in this research project would be welcomed but is entirely voluntary and is not expected.
Letter from the Researcher
Who we are?
This study involves researchers from the Psychology Department of Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) and the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA).
What are we doing?
We are studying the perceptions and experiences of family members or individuals concerned about a loved one who is or was in a controlling or abusive group or relationship. The study’s purpose is to fill a research gap in this area. We hope to increase our knowledge of the specific concerns and needs of families, relatives, and friends of those affected by an abusive situation. We want to find new and better ways of understanding family relationships under these circumstances. We hope that the information collected by this study will enhance attention to the needs of those who have/had a loved one in a controlling or abusive group or relationship.
What we ask from you?
You are invited to participate in the research project if you are/were concerned about the past or current involvement of a loved one with a group or relationship you now consider was/is overly controlling or abusive to its members. You may or may not have been involved yourself with the group or relationship. We ask you to respond to a web-survey, which you may complete at your convenience.
What is the web-survey like?
The survey is divided into various separated parts. Part I and Part II include some basic demographic questions (e.g., age, education) on you and your loved one. Part III of the survey includes some instruments inquiring about your concerns, responses, and experiences about your loved one being involved in the group/relationship. Part IV includes brief instruments on problems you may have experienced. Finally, Part V includes some questions on the group/relationship your loved one is/was involved. 
Overall, it is anticipated that the entire survey will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Please note that your participation in this study is voluntary, and that you may withdraw at any time, without consequence. 
What should you do if you accept our invitation to participate?
Click on the link below to access the survey. Alternatively, copy and paste it into the address bar of the web browser.  

Please, use the word “ICSA97136” as a PASSWORD to the survey. Please, be aware that only those responses with valid passwords will be considered.
Here is the link to the survey: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/familycaring    
More information about the study
If you want to obtain more information about the study or make any comment, you may contact Carmen Almendros at this e-mail address: coercivecontrol.research@gmail.com, or write to: Carmen Almendros, Ph.D. Facultad de Psicología. C/ Ivan Paulov, 6. Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Cantoblanco. 28049. Madrid, Spain.
Thank you so much for your time. Your participation is very important for us!!!

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