What is this study about?


This study aims to develop and test social media interventions to help young people reduce risky behaviors, such as alcohol use. The study will help us learn how to deliver information in a way that is appealing and helpful to 16-24 year old Facebook users.


What does my participation in this study involve?


You are invited to take a short 5 minute online survey to see if you qualify for a research study. If you are eligible you will be asked to complete another survey for which you will earn a $30 gift card. You will then be added to a Facebook group to participate in the group for 8 weeks. Afterwards, you will take several follow-up surveys at varying time points (3 months, 6 months, and 12 months) for which you will also receive gift cards. If you are a minor, we encourage you to let your parent(s) or adult guardian(s) know you are participating in this study.


How will you protect my privacy?


The information we collect will be considered confidential and will only be shared by the research team including the principal investigator and research staff.


To ensure your safety and protection while using Facebook click here for a how-to document on editing privacy settings.


Will I directly benefit from participating in this study?


While you may not receive a direct benefit from participating in this research, some people find answering certain questions to be a valuable experience.  We hope that this study will help us understand how social media can be used to inform young adults about important health information.


What is the potential risk of participating in this study?


Sometimes answering questions about health behaviors can be uncomfortable. At any point during the surveys you may skip any questions you do not wish to answer and you are free to stop your participation in the research study at any time.  


Will I be compensated for my time?


After completing a short survey we will let you know if you are eligible to participate in the full study. 


If you are eligible, you could be paid up to $221. Eligible participants are paid $30 for completing the first (baseline) survey, $35 for the 3-month (follow-up) survey, $45 for the 6-month survey, and $55 for the 12-month survey. Plus, one group from each enrollment can earn an additional $56 for their participation. Payment will be given in the form of an Amazon e-gift card upon completion of each survey. This e-gift card may be used directly for online purchases. You must finish each survey to receive your compensation, but you can still skip any question you do not want to answer. If at any time you choose not to finish an assessment, you will not receive this compensation. 


What will the researchers do with the data?


We plan to publish the results of this study, but will not include any information that could identify you or any individual in these publications. 

Who can I contact if I have questions about the study?


You may contact the researchers listed on the consent form or below. There is also a copy of the consent document here. The Project Amaze team will respond promptly to any comments and questions left in the Contact Us section of this site. 

If you have questions about this research, you can contact the Principal Investigator:

Maureen Walton, M.P.H., Ph.D.

University of Michigan

Department of Psychiatry

North Campus Research Complex

2800 Plymouth Rd. Bldg. 16

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

Phone: 734-615-4225


Please note our project website also provides links to various community resources that you might find helpful for yourself or for your friends. Simply click on the Resources button.

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or wish to obtain information, ask questions or discuss any concerns about this study with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact the Institutional Review Board:


University of Michigan Medical School Institutional Review Board (IRBMED)

2800 Plymouth Road, Building 520, Room 3214

Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2800
Phone: (734) 763-4768 Or Toll-Free: 844-699-9983

Fax: (734) 763-1234

E-mail: irbmed@umich.edu

North Campus Research Complex

2800 Plymouth Rd., Bldg. 16

Ann Arbor, MI, 48109


Tel: 734-615-4479

Or Toll-Free: 844-699-9983

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