Application is FULL, Thank You !
|Invitation for an Experimental Study on Altruism and Well-being|
|27nd April, 2016|
You are cordially invited to participate in an experimental study on altruism and personal wellbeing. We are a research team from the HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP), University of Hong Kong and this study is funded by the Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation. We plan to recruit approximately 300 participants to take part in a study involving our newly developed mobile app – Helppiness. Helppiness is a platform for you to view and share information on volunteering, donation, and informal helping activities around Hong Kong. It is also a tool to facilitate you to measure and monitor your levels of altruism and well-being. We hope Helppiness can introduce more kindness and happiness to your daily life. Your participation will be very much appreciated and will contribute to making Hong Kong a better society.
Anyone who is 18-year-old or above, holding a valid Hong Kong identity card, and will stay in Hong Kong for more than half of the time during July to Nov, 2016, will be eligible for this study. In addition, you are required to have a smartphone that is operating on either iOS 7 or above, or Android 4.1 or above.
The research study will last 16 months, including a four-month experiment and a follow-up survey twelve months later. All experiments and surveys will be conducted via the app. If you decide to join our study, you will be randomly allocated into either the experimental or the control group. In the first two months, the two groups will have access to different functions of the app so that we can compare the different functions’ effects. However, after two months, both groups will be able to access the same functions. As a participant of the research, you will be asked to periodically complete surveys and assessments relating to your views and experience in altruism, as well as on your mental and physical wellbeing. All information obtained will be used for research purposes only and your personal identification will be removed from all of our publications.
Upon completion of the study, you will be entitled to join a lucky draw as a token of our appreciation. The prize for the lucky draw is one iPad Mini 4 (64GB, Wi-Fi connection, any from the available colours). We will inform the draw winner by phone, and the winner can collect the prize in person at our office.
If you are interested in the study, please fill up the online application form or phone 2831 5232 on or before 11th July, 2016. If the number of applicants exceeds the quota of the study, we aim to select a sample with balanced gender, age, and working status. Our team will contact selected applicants on or before 15th July, 2016 and invite you at attend a briefing session prior the commence of the experiment. Details of the briefing session will announce with the confirmation notice. However, we apologise that we may not be able to inform selection results of all applicants.
We sincerely hope to have your support for the study. If you have any questions about the study, please feel free to contact the research team at 2831 5232. If you want to know more about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Human Research Ethics Committee for Non-Clinical Faculties, the University of Hong Kong (2241 5267).
Prof. Paul S. F. Yip
HRECNCF Approval Ref: EA1512042