Volunteers Sought for Research Study

Hello. My name is Courtney Humeny and I am a PhD candidate in Cognitive Science at Carleton University. I am recruiting adult survivors of a heterosexual romantic relationship with a psychopathic individual to participate in an online study. Please see below. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at courtney_humeny@carleton.ca.

If you are interested in participating in the study please follow the link www.cuaftermath.com, which is a secure website where you will be asked to make an account with a username and password (no personal or identifying information will be asked, such as your name or address). The study will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The website is not compatible with mobile devices or Ipads, please use a computer or laptop.

On the secure website, you will be asked to complete a few questionnaires, a card game where you will select decks to gain as many points as possible, and a task where you will be presented a series of images of male faces and asked what emotion they are expressing.

The questionnaires will include questions on your experiences of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress, experiences of positive growth, and perceptions of interactions with other people (i.e., social support). There will also be questions addressing experiences in the abusive relationship (e.g., onset, type, severity, and length of abuse), and traits of the abuser, such as:

Does he or she think it is fun to push people until they get upset?

                Has been convicted of a serious crime?

Does he or she think they can get what they want by telling people what they want to hear?

Please do not participate if…

  1. You identify as CURRENTLY in an abusive relationship. For your safety, we recommend that individuals currently in a relationship not participate in the current study. We worry for participants’ safety if they complete this study while in close physical proximity to their abuser.
  2. We ask if you are currently undergoing or have undergone treatment for a gambling problem that you do not participate because the card game is similar to a gambling game.

Some of the questionnaires may address stressful topics. If you wish to withdraw at any time (even skipping a few questions on the questionnaires), you may do so as the study is entirely voluntary and anonymous. There will be no penalization if you decide to withdraw, no matter at what point in the study. You do not have to complete all of the study at one time; you can stop and complete the study at your convenience. There is the possibility that participation in the study may trigger or exacerbate distress.


Participation in the current study is strictly voluntary (there will be no incentive or cash given for participation).

Note. This study has been approved by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board-A (CUREB-A) (103670).

Ms. Humeney has received funding for this project from the Aftermath: Surviving Psychopathy Foundation.

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