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                        Understanding the Coping Strategies of College Students Across Culture

                                                                 IRB Study # 1612402181


You are invited to participate in a research study aimed at understanding the coping strategies of Chinese and East Asian American college students when facing challenges in life. You were selected as a possible participant because you are an Asian American college student. We ask that you read this form and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to be in the study.


The study is being conducted by Kuo Deng and Dr. Joel Wong in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington.




The purpose of this study is to explore how Chinese and Asian American college students cope with problems in their lives.  




If you agree to be in the study, you will participate in an online survey, lasting no more than fifteen minutes.




There are no significant risks associated with your participation except for the minimal discomfort that would naturally be associated with reflecting challenging experiences. There is also a risk of loss of confidentiality.


The possible benefits of participating in this research include gaining an understanding of how college students in both countries deal with challenges in different or similar ways.




Efforts will be made to keep your personal information confidential.  We cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality. Your personal information may be disclosed if required by law.  Your identity will be held in confidence in reports in which the study may be published. All surveys and relevant data will be kept securely with the principal investigators. The principal investigators and a team of three authorized doctoral students will be the only people who have access to the data. Participants will be de-identified when conducting data analysis as well as reporting the results. Upon completion of the study, the recordings will be destroyed.


Organizations that may inspect and/or copy your research records for quality assurance and data analysis include groups such as the study investigator and his/her research associates, the Indiana University Institutional Review Board or its designees, and (as allowed by law) state or federal agencies, specifically the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).




Upon completion of the data collection, you will be given the opportunity to enter in a drawing for $25 Amazon gift card as an incentive for your participation in the study. The chance of winning is one in thirty people. Please provide your email address if you wish to enter the drawing.




For questions about the study, contact the researcher Kuo Deng at  For questions about your rights as a research participant or to discuss problems, complaints or concerns about a research study, or to obtain information, or offer input, contact the IU Human Subjects Office at (812) 856-4242 or (800) 696-2949.




Taking part in this study is entirely voluntary. You may choose not to take part or may leave the study at any time.  Leaving the study will not result in any penalty or loss of benefits to which you are entitled. Your decision whether or not to participate in this study will not affect your current or future relations with Indiana University Bloomington.


This research is intended for individuals 18 years of age or older.  If you are under age 18, do not complete the survey