For practical purposes of the proposed study, “she” or “her” will be used as personal pronouns. The researcher’s intent is non-sexist.
The title of the study is: Flourishing beyond borders: Character strengths, resilience and self-perceived well-being of the accompanying expatriate partner during international relocation.
This study has been approved by the Health Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the North-West University (NWU-00362-16-S1), South Africa, and will be conducted according to the ethical guidelines and principles of Ethics in Health Research: Principles, Processes and Structures (South African Department of Health, 2015). It might be necessary for the research ethics committee members or other relevant people to inspect the research records. Your participation will be entirely voluntary and you are free to decline participation. You are also free to withdraw from the study at any point, even if you do agree to take part now.
After you have read all the information, you can click on the “I agree” button, after which you will be directed to the questionnaires.
You will NOT be able to take part in this research study if:• You have either already returned to South Africa or moved on to a new assignment in a country outside the African continent. • You know or are familiar with the researcher.
It is important to note that the data collection process will take place completely anonymously. A unique participant code will be used to link your email address with the answers you provide. All biographical and other information that can potentially be used to connect you with your data will be removed before we analyse the data. Results of the study may be published, but there will be no disclosure of identities − your anonymity during publication will be ensured.
The researcher also aims to develop a model and intervention framework to empower future expatriate partners, which will be based on the results of this study.
Risk #1: Physical exhaustion and/or boredom due to the time spent completing the questionnaires.
Precaution: You will be given enough time to complete the questionnaires, and you will be able to complete them in the comfort of your own home.
Risk #2: Some emotions might surface during and/or after answering the questions.
Precaution: The questions in the questionnaires will emphasize your personal strengths and resilience. The aim of the study will be to ultimately gain insight into the well-being of the accompanying expatriate partner during international relocation in Africa. Should you experience any upsetting emotions, the researcher will assist you by arranging a Skype consultation with a registered psychologist associated with the Institute for Psychology and Well-being (IPW) at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, at a convenient time (contact details to follow).Your Skype address will only be made available to the appointed psychologist.
Risk #3: You might fear that results will be discussed with your partner or the company that he/she is employed by.
Precaution: Data will be dealt with confidentially. Data will only be accessed by the researcher, her supervisors and the Statistical Consultation Service responsible for the data analysis. No personal information will be made public or discussed with employers or any other party and no identities will be made known.
• Biographical and other information that can potentially be used to connect you with your data will be removed when the data analysis is done.
• The results of this study may be published, but there will be no disclosure of identities. Anonymity will be ensured during the publication of results.
• Data from the study will be stored on a password-protected online storage facility i.e. Dropbox to which only the research team and the collaborating statistician will have access. Hard copies of the data will be stored in a locked cabinet in the principal investigator's office.
I declare that:• I have read this information and understand the content of this document.• I have been given the means and opportunity to ask additional questions, and all of my questions have been answered to my satisfaction.• I understand that taking part in this study is voluntary and I have not been pressured into doing so.• I may choose to leave the study at any time, and will not suffer any negative consequences if I decide to do so.