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Thank you for your interest in our study. This study is only open to adult men (age 18 or older) who live in the U.S. and are employed and working at least 20 hours per week. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between work stress and coping for men. We are also interested in how stress influences your views about your workplace.

Participation in the project requires that you complete an online survey that takes approximately 15-20 minutes. To ensure confidentiality, no personally identifying information will be associated with the responses. All analyses will be performed on group data only and confidentiality of data will be maintained within the limits allowed by law. As compensation for your participation and time, you will be given the option to enter a raffle to win one of ten $10 Starbucks gift cards (chance of winning approximately 1 in 25). If you choose to enter the raffle, you will have the opportunity to provide your e-mail address at the end of the survey so that an e-certificate can be sent to you. Your e-mail contact information will not be connected to your survey responses (it will be entered in a separate survey). E-mail addresses will be used solely for awarding of gift certificates. Records of e-mails will be destroyed upon the conclusion of the study. No e-mail addresses will be shared, sold, or distributed in any way.

Your participation in this research study is voluntary and you may withdraw from participation at any time without consequence. Finally, as with most research, there are minimal potential risks, such as stress when considering your experience of work. It is expected that any discomfort you experience as a result of answering these questions will be minimal. However, if you do experience discomfort as a result of responding to the questions, we encourage you to contact a local behavioral health provider (psychologist, counselor) to discuss these issues. There are also resources available at the Psychology Help Center ( The University of Memphis does not have any funds budgeted for compensation for injury, damages, or other expenses. If you have any questions about this study, please e-mail the principle investigators: Suzanne H. Lease, Ph.D., ( or Emily L. Brown, M.S. ( This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Memphis IRB. If you have additional questions regarding research participants’ rights, you may contact Beverly Jacobik, Administrator for the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (email at or phone at 901-678-3074).

 If you agree to participate, please click the button labeled "I agree" and your browser will go to the online survey. If you do not wish to participate, please click the button labeled "I do not wish to participate" or close your browser window. Your agreement to participate indicates you have been informed that your data will remain confidential within the limits allowed by law, that you will allow the researchers to include your data in the aggregate dataset, and that you understand you may withdraw from the study at any time without consequence. Thank you again for your time and participation.


Suzanne H. Lease, Ph.D.

Emily L. Brown, M.S.

The University of Memphis