What is the research study’s goal?
How did you get my name and contact information?
What is involved?
- Satisfaction with life
- Outlook on the future
- Style of coping with challenges
We will ask you the same questions in each of the 3 surveys. If you agree to participate in the surveys, you will either begin course sessions shortly after you enroll in the course, or six weeks later, and this will be determined by random assignment (like tossing a coin).
Why are you asking me to participate?
Will my answers and other information be kept confidential?
Are there risks to me in participating in the research?
You might find that some survey questions prompt you to feel concerned about aspects of your life that you would like to improve. If you experience any distress, you can contact your course facilitator. In addition, the Study Director, Dr. Robert Waldinger, will be available to speak with you.
What are the benefits to me of participating?
Do I have to participate in the research?
Who is conducting this study?
Who can I contact if I have questions?
If you’d like to speak to someone not involved in this research about your rights as a research subject, or any concerns or complaints you may have about the research, contact the Mass General Brigham IRB at (857) 282-1900.
We are required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect the privacy of health information obtained for research. This is an abbreviated notice and does not describe all details of this requirement. During this study, identifiable information about you or your health will be collected and shared with the researchers conducting the research. In general, under federal law, identifiable health information is private. However, there are exceptions to this rule. In some cases, others may see your identifiable health information for purposes of research oversight, quality control, public health and safety, or law enforcement. We share your health information only when we must, and we ask anyone who receives it from us to protect your privacy.