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I am inviting you to participate in a research study titled “Validation of the Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale in the Lebanese Non-institutionalized Population” conducted by Dr Elias Ghossoub, Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut.
The purpose of the study is to validate a self-report psychopathy scale and to measure the prevalence of primary and secondary psychopathy within the Lebanese population. We will also be gathering information about adverse childhood experiences, criminality, illegality, antisocial behavior, and substance use.
You will be asked to complete a short survey with demographic information.
You are invited because we are targeting the general Lebanese population aged 18-65 years old who are currently residing in Lebanon.
The estimated time to complete this study is approximately: 40-45 minutes
The research is conducted online and is hosted on LimeSurvey.
Please read the consent form and consider whether you want to be involved in the study.
If you have any questions about the study you may contact the investigator Dr. Elias Ghossoub, 01350000 ext: 5661
for further information regarding this study.
Consent to participate in an Online Research Study
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 “Validation of the Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale in the Lebanese Non-institutionalized Population” conducted by Dr Elias Ghossoub, Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut.
The conduct of this study will adhere to the IRB approved protocol.
The IRB approved method for approaching subjects is through an online survey shared on various social media outlets. The purpose of the study is to validate a self-report psychopathy scale and to measure the prevalence of primary and secondary psychopathy within the Lebanese population. We will also be gathering information about adverse childhood experiences, criminality, illegality, antisocial behavior, and substance use.
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.
- You are free to skip any question.
- Completing the questionnaire will take around 40-45 minutes.
- You are free to pause then return to the questionnaire at any time to continue it.
- 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 peer-reviewed journal as a research article.
Psychopathy is a neuropsychiatric disorder marked by deficient emotional responses, lack of empathy, and poor behavioral controls, commonly resulting in persistent antisocial deviance and criminal behavior. This study will use the following questionnaires to assess the prevalence of psychopathy within the Lebanese population:
“LSRP: measures primary psychopathy (psychopathic emotional affect) and secondary psychopathy (psychopathic lifestyle)
HEXACO: measures six major dimensions of personality
STAB: measures antisocial behavior
UPPS: measures five dimensions of impulsivity
K6: measure of distress drawing from depressive and anxiety related symptomology
BRFSS: screens for a history of child abuse and neglect and household challenges
TAPS: screens for tobacco, alcohol, prescription medication, and other substance use”.
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 the study of forensic psychiatry in measuring the prevalence of psychopathy within the Lebanese population.
POTENTIAL RISKS TO SUBJECTS AND/OR SOCIETY
Due to dealing with sensitive questions regarding potentially illegal behavior, psychological disturbances, and stigma there is a potential concern of evoking memories that you may find stressful or upsetting. In such a case:
- Please note that confidentiality of the information is protected. The information you provide is completely de-identified and untraceable.
- In case you experience psychological distress and would like to seek mental health services, you may contact the Psychiatry Department at AUBMC: 01-350000, ext:5650 to schedule an appointment with a service provider. The services provided at AUBMC are at the participant’s own expense.
- In case you experience psychological distress due to substance use you may contact Skoun Lebanese Addictions center’s number: 01-845512 or the Psychiatry Department at AUBMC: 01-350000 ext 5650 to schedule an appointment with a service provider. The services provided at AUBMC are at the participant’s own expense.
- For immediate emergencies, if no other availabilities, you may contact the Embrace Lifeline (1564) or go to your nearest Emergency Department.
INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:
- Inclusion Criteria:
- Lebanese nationals residing in Lebanon.
- Adults (18 years- 65 years) who consent to and complete the survey.
- Exclusion Criteria:
- non-Lebanese participants.
- Lebanese nationals living abroad.
- Minors (less than 18 years of age) or Elders (more than 65 years of age)
The collected data will remain confidential and anonymous.
Records will be monitored and may be audited by the IRB while assuring confidentiality. In addition, LimeSurvey will delete participants’ individual tokens immediately on completion of the survey. This means that the answers you provide will not be tracked and will not be linked to your identity.
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, can contact the research team at: Dr. Elias Ghossoub, email@example.com, phone number: 01350000- 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
If you have concerns about the study or questions about your rights as a participant , you can contact the AUB IRB Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone number: 01350000-5445
By pressing ‘next’, you are consenting to participating in this survey under the terms outlined above.