Research subjects sought

A request recently came to the offices of Dialogue, which I pass along here to those who may be interested. A Master’s Degree student at the University of Calgary is writing about feminist women in patriarchal religions and looking for subjects to interview. You’ll find her recruitment notice below the fold.

Recruitment Notice

Research Title: Spiritual Development of Women Practicing in a Patriarchal Religion.

This research study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board.

I am a Master’s of Counselling Psychology student at the University of Calgary and am currently conducting a study that will explore the experience of women practicing in a patriarchal religion. As a Latter-Day Saint (LDS) woman and having struggled with the patriarchal culture in the LDS church I have often wondered how other women in the church have dealt with such issues. As a partial requirement for my Master’s degree I have decided to investigate this topic and explore with other LDS feminist women their experience of practicing in a patriarchal religion.

To complete this study I am looking to conduct individual audio taped interviews with five to six women who fit the following criteria:

* At least 25 years old
* Must have personally struggled (or still struggles) with some or all aspects of the patriarchal culture in the LDS church.
* Despite the struggles, you are still an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Please understand that your participation in this study is completely voluntary, anonymous and confidential. No one except for my supervisor, the transcriber and I will be allowed to see or hear any of the answers to the interview questions. As a participant you will have the opportunity to review a summary of the results and provide feedback. Only aggregate information will be used for any presentation or publication of results.

If you are (or know of somebody who might be) interested in being a participant in this study, or have any questions regarding the study, please contact me no later then May 9th, 2008 (or May 16th at the very latest) via email at v.nzojibwami@ucalgary.ca. At that point, I will answer any question you might have and provide more details about the study. You will then be able to choose whether or not you wish to participate. Please note that any contact will be treated as confidential.

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