Monday, June 4, 2007

Diverse Women's Research Survey

The Kirwan Institute not only works to eliminate racial and ethnic hierarchy through our work, we also actively support those who are involved in similar pursuits. Thus this week we are highlighting a critical research study taking place at Ohio State University led by PhD candidate Casey Augustus-Horvath in the Counseling Psychology program:

To date, research on eating disorders and body image has relied almost exclusively on findings from samples of overwhelmingly White European, highly-educated, middle-to-upper SES, young undergraduate women. The voice of Women of Color and women of diverse SES, educational backgrounds, and ages continues to be underrepresented and even absent from the research. Therefore, research targeting diverse samples of women is critical. The present research project is an attempt to utilize Internet data collection to specifically target diverse women in order to gain important knowledge regarding their perspectives on eating behaviors, attitudes, and body image. The link for this study is being sent to organizations and listservs nationwide in an attempt to recruit a sample of women who would not normally be represented in the literature. It is hoped that the present study will contribute greatly to the field by demonstrating the significance of utilizing a diverse sample as opposed to merely drawing from overwhelmingly homogeneous samples of convenience. The researcher plans to submit this study to a peer-reviewed journal to share findings and spur similar research. Please consider adding your voice to this study if you are a woman aged 18 or older, and please consider sharing about this study with other women over 18 who may be interested in contributing to such research.

If you choose to participate in the study, please click on the link below. At the end of the survey, participants have the option to provide their e-mail address to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. Due to the nature of Internet research, the security of the survey data during the transmission cannot be guaranteed; however, no identifying information will be collected and e-mail addresses will be separate from data. Security is guaranteed once the researcher receives the data and responses are completely anonymous. For further information about this study or if you experience technical difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact the researcher at The methods of this research and the plan for protection of rights of participants have been reviewed and approved by the Office of Responsible Research Practices, which oversees all research conducted at The Ohio State University. This plan received Institutional Review Board approval on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 (Project #2006E0538). To take the survey now, please click on the URL below:
Thank you for your time and consideration!

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