My name is Rachel Drosdick-Sigafoos. I am a mental health practitioner in Northeastern Pennsylvania and a doctoral candidate in Human and Social Services with a Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention specialization. I am conducting a research study about individuals who experienced life changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am inviting you to participate. This research study is not related to nor will the data be used for my doctoral dissertation.

I am studying whether demographics, life change, and spiritual experiences affected the individual’s psychological distress in the 30 days after the event. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to share information about your age range, gender, income, personality traits, the life change(s) you experienced during COVID-19, spiritual experiences, and distress symptoms. You will not be asked to share your name. You will be invited to share your email address to receive the voluntarily results of the study; however, this is completely voluntary and your email will not be shared, sold, nor used in the results.

There is minimal risk to participate in this study, including temporary distress recalling the events and how you felt about them. Potential benefits include having the opportunity to share your experiences and knowing your experiences will help educate others about how the pandemic changed people's reactions to life changes during the pandemic.

This survey is confidential, so no information that could identify you will be shared. The study results may be published or presented at conferences, but your participation will remain confidential and individual responses will not be shared.

If you would like the results to be shared with you once completed, the researcher will gladly share those with you. If you provide your email address so you can receive the results, your email will not be shared, sold, or included in the results.

This research is not funded by any public, private, or nonprofit organization; as such, there are no financial conflicts of interest. Respondents must be 18 years of age.

Completing the survey will take 4-7 minutes.

If you have questions about this study, please contact me at 570-825-6425 x525 or [email protected]. If you meet the criteria and would like to participate, please complete the survey here. Thank you for your consideration!

Wishing you wellness and peace,

Rachel Drosdick-Sigafoos

[email protected]