What is our study about?
We’re studying the ideas of belonging and connection among young people in Jasper. We define ‘belonging’ as whether young people feel valued and accepted by the people in their lives, and ‘connection’ as whether young people feel included in a group or community.
The goal of the study is to learn more about what specific factors affect belonging and connection for young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years.
Why do we want to know this?
A strong sense of belonging and connection is important for everyone, and contribute to improved mental health, healthier relationships, and success in school and careers. For young people, developing a strong sense of belonging and connection is particularly important in setting the stage for a healthy and happy life.
Community organizations and leaders want to know what young people think about belonging and connection, and how young people could be better served.
Who is doing the study?
The study is being led by faculty from Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC), in partnership with a number of community organizations who work with youth in Jasper. College students and other young people from the community are working on the project as assistants and interviewers.
What will I be asked to do?
You’ll participate in an online interview that should take about 30 minutes. You’ll be asked questions about the people you spend time with and the activities you do. You’ll also be asked for recommendations about what could be done in the community to improve belonging and connection for youth. We will audio record the interview for transcription, with your permission.
Will I get paid to participate?
No, your participation is voluntary. However, to recognize the value of your contribution, you will receive a $10 gift card. You will be able to choose from cards for Subway, Tim Horton’s, The Bear's Paw or iTunes.
In addition, you have the option of entering your name into a draw for $50 in gift cards. The winner of the gift cards will be given a choice of local businesses (i.e. sporting goods, food, electronics, etc.)
What happen to my information?
- We will keep information about your identity separate from your answers in the interview.
- The information we gather will stored in a secure location at GPRC.
- Everyone working on the study has signed confidentiality agreements to ensure your information is safe and private.
- At the end of the study, results will be reported as summarized information; individual responses will not be reported.
What are the risks?
You’ll be asked personal questions to get an idea of your sense of belonging and connection. These are the type of questions you may already discuss with other people. Our interviewers have all been trained to listen with care and can provide you with support resources if you’d like. If any questions make you feel uncomfortable, you can skip them, and you can stop the interview at any time.
We’ve designed this study so that the risks of participating are not much greater than those that most young people face in their normal day-to-day lives.
What are the possible benefits?
This is an opportunity to inform local community organizations who serve young people, so they can better understand what factors affect belonging and connection and improve the services they provide. Results from the study will also contribute to our understanding of how we can build healthier communities, especially for young people.
How can I participate?
Contact us using the online form and we will schedule an interview.
Do you have more questions?
If you have any questions regarding this study or would like additional information to assist you in reaching a decision about participation, please contact our faculty researchers.
This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the GPRC Research Ethics Board. If you have questions regarding the ethics review of this study, please contact the Research Ethics Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.