Hello, my name is Kevin St. Arnaud, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta, Canada.
I would like to invite you to take part in an online study investigating the links between mental health, spirituality, and the use of psychoactive substances
This study entails an anonymous, online survey, which uses validated, self-report scales to asses:
-Basic demographic and personality information (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity, etc.)
-Mental Health (e.g., feelings about one's self and one's functioning in life etc.)
-Spirituality (e.g., religious/spiritual beliefs, spiritual experiences, etc.)
-Use/non-use parameters of various psychoactive substances (e.g., alcohol, tobacco, opioids, cannabis, psychedelics, etc.)
-Reasons for use (e.g., relaxation, creativity, socialization, entheogenic purposes, etc.)
Anyone over 18 years of age and capable of fluently reading and writing English is eligible to participate in this study, which is designed to take about 20 to 25 minutes to complete. The study is open as of August 14, 2018 and will close in roughly two to three months, or upon collection of a sufficient sample size.
This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta. The online survey is hosted using REDCap software, which is compliant with Canadian privacy legislation, such as HIA, FOIP, and TCPS2, as well as U.S. privacy requirements, such as HIPAA. All data sent to the REDCap server is encrypted with SSL, and stored and encrypted on servers located at the University of Alberta.
If you would like to participate, or are interested in further information about the survey, please visit:
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Kevin St. Arnaud, M.Ed., (Ph.D. Candidate)
Department of Educational Psychology
University of Alberta