Dear Prospective Participant,
My name is Jeremy Brown and I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Social Work at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts.
I would like to invite you to participate in a research study that I am leading titled, Exploring the Camouflaging Experiences of Autistic Adults. The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding about the experiences of autistic adults in social settings and the extent to which autistic adults change their behavior and/or hide their autistic traits in these settings.
Qualifications for the study include United States residency, 18 years or older, a formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or Aspergers Syndrome from a health care professional, and regular engagement in settings where socialization occurs.
If you agree to participate in this study, you will complete a brief questionnaire and interview asking about your experiences in settings where people regularly socialize, such as work, the gym, organized events, and other activities. The time to complete both of these is expected to be approximately 20 to 45 minutes depending on how the conversation goes. Interviews are usually over the phone, however they can also be in person depending on where you live. You will have the opportunity to select from available times for the interview.
Participation in this study is confidential and completely voluntary. There is no compensation provided for participants. Participants have the right to refuse to answer a question and can stop the interview at any time without experiencing any negative response from the researcher or Simmons University.
If you would like more information and/or are interested in participating, please contact me at Jeremy.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/text at 207.200.7518.
Thank you for considering volunteering for this study.
Jeremy Brown, LCSW
PhD student, School of Social Work