Black Men's Racial Experiences Study

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Consent for Research Participation
Research Study Title:Black Men’s Racial Experiences Study
Researchers: Principal Investigator, Edward M. Garnes, Jr., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Faculty Advisor, Dr. Jacob Levy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
We are asking you to participate in this research study because you identify as Black man who is enrolled at a predominately White institution ( a college of university whose student population is mostly White). You must be age 18 or older to participate in this study. The information in this consent form is to help you decide if you want to participate in our research study.
The primary purpose of this study is to expand the psychological research on gendered racism by examining the negative racial experiences of Black men and their emotional resilience in relation to college satisfaction. A secondary aim is to examine possible difference between Black men who are intercollegiate athletes and non-athletes on the variables of interest (i.e., negative experiences, resilience, mental stress, and college satisfaction).
If you agree to be in this study, we will ask you to complete an online survey assessing negative racial experiences, resilience, mental stress, and college satisfaction. No physiological measures will be assessed. You can skid any questions that you do not want to answer. If you agree to participate, the total time to complete this study is about 16 minutes.
Being in this study is up to you. You can say no now or leave the study later. Even if you decide to be in the study now, you can change your mind and stop at any time. If you withdraw from the study before the study is completed, your data will be destroyed and eliminated from analysis. Either way, your decision won’t impact your relationship with the researchers at the University of Tennessee.
We don’t know of any risks you from being in the study that are greater than the risks you encounter in everyday life. You may feel uncomfortable being asked some questions. You can always skip any questions you are not comfortable answering.  In the event that you experience emotional distress as a result of participating in the study, participants may access the national psychologist locator provided by the American Psychological Association at or use Psychology Today’s
Therapist Directory at . Participants may also call the Therapist Referral Network at 1-800-843-7274 or 1-858-481-1515.
We do not expect you to benefit from being in this study. By participating in this study, you may help us learn more about the ways negative racial experiences impact Black men.

The information you provide in this study is strictly confidential. We will protect the confidentiality of your information by:
No names or other identifying items will be present on any of the surveys. Only the research team, investigator Edward M. Garnes, Jr, and faculty advisor (Dr. Jacob Levy) will have access to this data. All data will be kept on a password-protected computer and stored in a locked file cabinet in the University of Tennessee Psychology Dept. No reference will be made in oral or written reports, which could link you to this study.  Identifiable data will be destroyed no later than 3 years after the study is completed. 

If information from this study is published or presented at scientific meetings, your name and other personal information will not be used. We will make every effort to prevent anyone, who is not on the research team, from knowing that you gave us information or what information came from you.
We will make every effort to prevent anyone who is not on the research team from knowing that you gave us information or what information came from you. Although it is unlikely, there are times when others may need to see the information we collect about you. These include:

  • People at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville who oversee research to make sure it is conducted properly.
  • Government agencies (such as the Office for Human Research Protections in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), and others responsible for watching over the safety, effectiveness, and conduct of the research.
  • If a law or court requires us to share the information, we would have to follow that law or final court ruling. 

We will keep your information to use for future research. Your name and other information that can directly identify you will be kept secure and stored separately from your research data collected as part of the study. We will not share your data with other researchers.
Your research data may be used to create products or to deliver services, including some that may be sold or make money for others.  If this happens, there are no plans to provide financial payment to you or your family.
If you have questions at any time about the study or the procedures, (or you experience adverse effects as a result of participating in this study,) you may contact the researcher, Edward M. Garnes, Jr, at and 865-974-3328 or his advisor, Dr. Jacob Levy, at and 865-789-8362.
For questions about your rights or to speak with someone other than the research team about the study, please contact:
Institutional Review Board
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1534 White Avenue
Blount Hall, Room 408
Knoxville, TN 37996-1529
Phone: 865-974-7697
I have read this form, been given the chance to ask questions and have my questions answered.  If I have more questions, I have been told whom to contact. By clicking the “I Agree” button below, I am agreeing to be in this study. I can print or save a copy of this consent information for future reference.  If I do not want to be in this study, I can close my internet browser.
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