Irrational Thinking and Emotional Distress- Testing the REBT Model across the World

Dear participant,

My name is Dr. Alina Agiurgioaei Boie and I am a St. John’s University alumni. My colleague Dr. Fabian Agiurgioaei Boie and I would like to invite you to take part in a cross-cultural research study. This research is designed to explore the role Irrational Beliefs have in explaining/causing emotional distress. The study will gather and compare data from multiple countries around the world, including the United States, Romania, Turkey, Taiwan, Costa Rica, etc. Participation is voluntary. If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire packet.

While there are no direct benefits to the participants of the proposed study, it is anticipated that the potential findings of the study will provide knowledge of cross-cultural differences that will benefit mental health professionals. You should participate in this study only if you want to, and you may not answer to any question, if you choose so.

Confidentiality of your research records will be strictly maintained by coding all response forms and keeping them separate from consent forms to make sure that your name and identity will not become known or linked with any information that you have provided. Your responses will be kept confidential with the following exception: we are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities, suspicion of harm to yourself, to children, or to others. You may choose not to participate or withdraw at any time without any penalty. In addition, you have. Non-participation or withdrawal will not affect your grades or academic standing. You will be asked questions about different thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Although unlikely, if any issues or concerns should arise about your participation in this study, you may e-mail me at alina.boie@gmail.com.

This research study is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Ray DiGiuseppe, Professor at St. John's University. Please allow us to thank you in advance for your cooperation and helping us to advance research in this area. In the event that you need any additional information regarding this research project, you may call Dr. DiGiuseppe at 718-990-1955. Results of the present investigation will be available upon request and all inquiries may be directed to alina.boie@gmail.com. You have received a copy of this consent document to keep.


Sincerely,

Dr. Alina Agiurgioaei Boie

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    Attitudes and Beliefs Scale II

    Here are a set of statements, which describe what some people think and believe. Read each statement carefully and decide how much you agree or disagree with it. There are no right or wrong answers. Only you can tell what you really believe so please mark the way you really think. Choose the number, which shows your agreement or disagreement the statement provided.
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    Outcome Questionnaire

    Read the following statements and and specify how often you experience them in your life.
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    THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION