A new research study on chronic skin picking, formally called excoriation disorder, needs your participation. The online series of questionnaires requires 45-60 minutes to complete and upon completion you are entered into a random drawing to win one of six $50 Amazon cards.
You first need to take a short screening questionnaire to determine whether you are eligible. Requirements include being age 18 or older, and currently being under the regular care of a licensed mental health professional. If you think you meet these requirements, and are interested in participating, get started here.
It is a great service you are doing to take the time to further knowledge on disordered skin picking, so treatment in the future can be improved.
I know one of the researchers, who is based here in Los Angeles, like I am. Here is the full advertisement she sent me to recruit participants:
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Hello, This is an invitation for people 18 years or older whom engage in skin-picking due to excoriation disorder to participate in a research study that may aid in better understanding of skin-picking characteristics and behaviors. Potential participants are to read the informed consent then if they agree to the consent click “agree”. If potential participant agrees to the consent they will be asked to first complete the screening questionnaire, which will take approximately 5 minutes. The screening questionnaire will automatically show up on the next screen. If requirements are not met the next screen will state, “You do not meet the eligibility requirements for the research survey. Thank you for your time in completing this screening questionnaire.” If the questionnaire shows requirements are met the participant will be taken to the research questionnaire, which will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. After completion of the questionnaire(s) if the participant chooses to participate they will be asked to leave an email address to be entered into a raffle for one of six $50 Amazon gift cards. All participants email address will be separated from the questionnaire(s) in order to further protect confidentiality however; the raffle is optional and not required to participate, therefore an email address does not have to be provided by participant. The six winners will be notified via email after all data is collected.
What it involves: Participants will be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires. Once you have completed the questionnaires, your participation will be complete.
Who can participate: People18 years or older whom engage in skin picking due to excoriation disorder, meet requirements of the screening questionnaire and are under the care of a licensed mental health professional once per week or no less than once every other week are eligible for participation.
Who cannot participate: People under the age of 18, or those whom engage in skin-picking due to another mental condition besides excoriation disorder, medical condition or drug use are not eligible for participation. People who are not under the care of a licensed mental health professional once per week or no less than once every other week are not eligible for participation. Participation will be determined through the initial screening questionnaire.
How the study will benefit the field of psychology: The intent of the study is to better understand skin-picking behavior and variables that may contribute to skin-picking patterns. The hope is this study may aid in better understanding of skin-picking behaviors that are often misunderstood and understudied as well as, aid in development of treatment interventions for those who struggle with excoriation disorder.
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact Stormie Keeler M.A., at firstname.lastname@example.org or Guy Balice, Ph.D., at email@example.com. If you are interested in participating, please go online to the following link https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3103267/Skin-Picking or click the link or copy/paste link into web-browser to access and read more about this study. Sincerely, Stormie Keeler, M.A.