Borderline Personality Traits and its Relationship with Coming Out in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community
Informed Consent Form
Investigator: Anirudh Rajan
Study Title: Borderline Personality Traits and its Relationship with Coming Out in the Lesbian, Gay, and, Bisexual Community

This study is being conducted as a part of a dissertation for the completion of the course, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology.
You are requested to take part in this research study. Please take your time to read the information below and feel free to ask any questions before indicating your consent to participate in the study. In case of queries, you may contact the researcher at anirudh.rajan@psy.christuniversity.in or at 7259815442.

Inclusion criteria for the study: To take part in this study, you have to be 18 years of age or above, a cis-gender person (your gender identity matches the sex you were assigned at birth), and a resident Indian national (not a Non-Residential-Indian or Person of Indian Origin).

Purpose: To check if there is a relationship between certain personality conditions and being in the closet, being out to only friends, and being out to family and friends in the Lesbian, Gay, and, Bisexual (LGB) population.

Procedure: You will be requested to fill in a demographic sheet. Following that the study will involve you responding to the International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE) Screening Questionnaire, which is a non-diagnostic personality screening questionnaire. It is a self-report questionnaire. It would take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete responding to it. No experimental procedures are involved.

Benefits to Participants: The information obtained from this study has potential to aid in our understanding of the LGB community, their psychological well-being, and the problems that they face. Thus, it could benefit the LGB community at large.

Participation in this study is voluntary. You may withdraw from participating in this study at any time.

Confidentiality: During this study, information will be collected about you for the purpose of this research. This includes demographic information, as provided for in the demographic data sheet, and your scores in the IPDE screening questionnaire. In order to ensure confidentiality and anonymity, your name will not be collected, however only your initials will be taken. The information collected and obtained will be encrypted and saved on a safe external drive, which will be in the custody of the researcher; this will be kept for a minimum of five years after publication as per APA guidelines. You are however requested to provide your email address, or contact number, so that it is possible to contact you with the results of the questionnaire.

The research follows all ethical guidelines proposed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (2017).

Questions/Concerns: If you have questions related to the procedures described in this document please contact Anirudh at 7259815442/ anirudh.rajan@psy.christuniversity.in

I have read the above information; the purpose of the study and the procedure involved in it are clear to me. If I had any questions, I have clarified them with the researcher. I meet the above mentioned inclusion criteria. I am aware that participation in the study is voluntary, and my initials will be recorded as my digital signature for the consent or dissent of my participation. *
Digital Signature (Just type in your initials, example: A.M; initials from a pseudonym also suffice) *
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