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Stigma Associated with Mental Illness: Perspectives of Judges and Lawyers in Lebanon

You are being invited to participate in a research study titled “Stigma Associated with Mental Illness: Perspectives of Judges and Lawyers in Lebanon” conducted by Dr. Elias Ghossoub, Faculty of medicine at the American University of Beirut, about the attitudes of the Lebanese lawyers and judges towards mental illness and towards individuals who struggle with mental health problems.

 

You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire about your demographic information and opinions/attitudes towards mental health.

 

You are invited because we are targeting lawyers and judges in Lebanon.

The estimated time to complete this survey is approximately 10 minutes.

The research is conducted online and is hosted on the AUB server.

 

Please read the consent form and consider whether you want to be involved in the study.

If you have any questions about this questionnaire or require addition information concerning the study, do not hesitate to contact the following number:

Dr. Elias Ghossoub

T: 01 - 350000 ext 5661

 

 

This notice is for an AUB-IRB Approved Research Study for 

Dr Elias Ghossoub at AUB. 

*It is not an Official Message from AUB* 

You are invited to participate in a research study entitled “Stigma Associated with Mental Illness: Perspectives of Judges and Lawyers in Lebanon” conducted by Dr Elias Ghossoub, from the Department of Psychiatry at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. The conduct of this study will adhere to the IRB approved protocol. 

The IRB approved method for approaching subjects is through sending electronic emails or distributing surveys. The purpose of the study is to assess the attitudes and perceptions of Lebanese lawyers and judges towards mental illness. 

PROCEDURES

This message invites you to read the consent document and consider whether you want to be involved in the study.  

And to note: 

  • Participation is completely voluntary. 
  • Completing the questionnaire will take around 10 minutes. 
  • Only the data you provide in the questionnaire will be collected and analyzed. 

The research team will not have access to your name or contact details. 

  • The results of the survey will be published in a research article in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • The study population will include Lebanese lawyers and judges practicing in Lebanon

POTENTIAL BENEFITS TO SUBJECTS AND/OR TO SOCIETY

You will not receive payment for participation in this study. 


The results of the study will help advance our knowledge about the perception of mental illness in the judiciary system in Lebanon. 

This will be a first step for better awareness towards mental health. The results will be published in a scientific peer-review journal. 

POTENTIAL RISKS TO SUBJECTS AND/OR SOCIETY  

The risks of the study are minimal. 

CONFIDENTIALITY

The collected data will remain confidential and anonymous.  

Taking into consideration sensitivity of the questionnaire and the targeted population for the study, tokens that are formulated by Lime survey will be deleted, which will ensure anonymity. 

Due to the sensitivity of the topic and its novelty in the region, this might stigmatize lawyers and judges. Therefore, responses will be aggregated for analysis and published as such to remove this risk. 

Records will be monitored and may be audited by the IRB while assuring confidentiality. 

 

PARTICIPATION AND WITHDRAWAL

If you voluntarily consent to take part in this study, you can change your mind and withdraw at any time without consequences of any kind. Refusal to participate or withdrawal from the study will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled, and neither will it affect their relationship with their organization and AUB/AUBMC.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE STUDY

If you have any questions about the study, you can contact the research team at: Dr. Elias Ghossoub, eg10@aub.edu.lb, phone number:01-350000, extension 5661. 

ACCESS TO THE SURVEY 

If after reading the consent document and having you questions answered, you voluntarily agree to take part in the study; you can access the survey by clicking on the following link.

CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS

The list of judges and lawyers was retrieved from the Beirut Bar Association. If you have any reservations about this, you can contact the association in addition to the IRB office.

If you have concerns about the study or questions about your rights as a participant, you can contact the AUB IRB Office: 

irb.aub.edu.lb

T: 01-350000 – 5445Fax: 000961 1 73802

This survey is anonymous.

The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it.

If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.

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