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DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES
BIRKBECK, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
LGBTQ* UK COVID-19 Lockdown 18-35 and 36-60 Experiences Online Survey
Thank you for considering taking part in this survey. Before you decide to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please read the following information carefully and take the time you need to decide whether or not you want to take part. (Please do discuss it with others if you wish.) A member of the research team can be contacted if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

Purpose of the study: This survey is aiming to explore the varied effects of the UK COVID-19 lockdown on the well-being and experiences of LGBTQ* people aged 18-35 and 36-60 years.

Who can take part? The survey is open to anyone aged 18-60 years old who identifies as part of the wide LGBTQ+ community and who is living in the UK currently.

You are very welcome to participate in this survey whether you took part in our previous LGBTQ* UK COVID-19 Lockdown 18-35 Experiences online survey or not.

If you are aged 18-35 years and took part in our previous survey – thank you for coming back and looking at this next survey! It will be very useful for us to be able to see how things have changed from the time of the first survey to the time of the second survey, so we would be delighted to have you involved again.

This survey contains some of the same questions as the first survey, but we have also made some changes based on feedback we received to our first survey and also in response to the changing situation in the UK. Thank you again for your valuable feedback to our first survey. You can see some of the changes we have made on our website: lgbtq1835c19lockdown.wordpress.com

If you gave yourself a unique code at the end of the previous survey and can remember what it is, you can enter this and skip some questions in this survey. But don’t worry if you can’t remember your code – you are still very welcome to participate.

If you are aged 18-60 and new to the survey – that’s great! We hope you will want to participate and help up us with this research to increase the awareness of the experiences of the LGBTQ* community during the coronavirus pandemic. We had really useful feedback from the community organizations who helped us publicize our first survey telling us that they wanted us to increase the survey age range as there was little or no research for the 36-60 age groups and some great ideas about changes to make.
What will participation involve? You are free to complete the online survey at a time and place of your choosing. It is estimated completing the survey will take around 30 minutes to finish but you can go through it more quickly if you want to.

Most of the questions in the survey are multiple choice and some invite you to write an answer – specific instructions are given as you go through the survey. Like any survey with multiple-choice options, the quick one-size-fits-all approach sometimes doesn’t fit with your own feelings and experiences. So we’ve increased the number of spaces for you to write in your own answer (we really appreciated the enthusiasm for this in our previous survey!) Of course, it is up to you how much you write. It is always your choice whether or not to answer any of the questions in the survey. We thank you for any research help you can give us and your responses do help us to increase awareness and knowledge of the experiences of LGBTQ* people in current times.

Possible risks and benefits of taking part: We do not anticipate there to be risks associated with participating, but we do ask you not to spend too long on the survey and to honestly tell us about your negative feelings as well as your positive ones and your mental health and well-being. We also ask how you are managing at present under the pandemic and associated restrictions. You will find a list of organizations that may be helpful to you at the end of the survey.

By completing the survey and sharing your views you will be helping to further knowledge and understanding of how LGBTQ* people are managing in these extraordinary times in the UK today. What is it like now six months into the coronavirus pandemic with lockdown restrictions easing, at least for some, while others have experienced COVID-19, know someone who has had symptoms, or sadly have experienced bereavement? What are the new or continuing problems and concerns as you see them? Have there been any perhaps surprise positives for you? Or maybe from your experience not that much has changed?

Parallel surveys to ours have been conducted with LGBTQ* people in Portugal, Italy, Brazil, and Chile. Research teams from Mexico and Sweden have also joined our international research grouping. You can find out more about how the UK results from our first survey have contributed to the international picture by visiting our website lgbtq1835c19lockdown.wordpress.com

Arrangements for anonymity and confidentiality: You will not be asked to provide any personally identifying information and your answers will remain anonymous. The information you give us will be used for this study only. When the research is written up, short quotes from written answers may be included. We will edit any quotes so that any information that could potentially be used by someone else to identify a participant will be removed or disguised (although participants may sometimes be able to recognise their own quotes by the particular words they used). Only the Birkbeck Research Team will have access to the unedited data.

If you decide you want to, you will have the opportunity to choose a personal code, or you may use the same one from the previous survey: a) to tell us that you would like to receive an invitation to take part in a future follow-up study, or b) to have the opportunity to change your mind and remove your data from the study up to two weeks after you have finished the survey.
Right to withdraw: Although we would like to have as many completed surveys as possible, you are free to skip any question(s) you would prefer not to answer. You are also free to stop answering questions and leave the survey at any point or skip through to the list of helping organizations at the end.

Responses are saved each time you press ‘Next’ to progress to the next page, not just when you finish the survey. If you decide that you want to withdraw the answers you have already submitted you will just need to email your personal unique code to the Birkbeck Research Team within 2 weeks of participating in the survey and we will remove your answers from the dataset.

When will the study be completed? Our aim is for this particular study to be completed by January 2021 and a summary of the findings of this study will be available shortly after.

What will happen to the results of the research project? The results will initially be written up as a brief report, but may also later be submitted as part of an article for publication in a journal or book, or be presented at a conference. You can see our preliminary report on the findings from our first survey by visiting the website lgbtq1835c19lockdown.wordpress.com

Ethical review: This project has received ethical approval from the Department of Psychological Sciences Research Ethics Committee of Birkbeck, University of London.

Should you have any questions, concerns, or need any further information about the study please contact:

Birkbeck Research Team
  • Dr. Fiona Tasker (Reader/ Associate Professor, preferred pronouns: she, her, hers) – f.tasker@bbk.ac.uk
Office: Room 521, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London, WC1E 7HX
bbk.ac.uk/psychology/our-staff/fiona-tasker

International LGBTQ* COVID-19 Research Coordinator

For information about Birkbeck’s data protection policy please visit: bbk.ac.uk/about-us/policies/privacy#7

If you have concerns about this study, please contact the School’s Ethics Officer at:
ethics@psychology.bbk.ac.uk  

School Research Officer,
School of Science, Department of Psychological Sciences,
Birkbeck, University of London,
WC1E 7HX 

You also have the right to submit a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office: ico.org.uk

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