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Survey - News Reading Behaviors Of The South African Emigrant

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During the course of the next day or two I will be uploading a link to a survey on News-reading Behaviors of the South African Emigrant.

 

The survey forms part of the practical requirements for a Research Methods course in the Psychology major of my Undergraduate degree.

 

Should you be interested in participating in the survey, watch this space for the consent form, which will be followed by a short online survey.

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Please read the following and then click on the survey link at the bottom of the post:

 

INFORMED CONSENT FORM

 

You are being invited to take part in a research study titled “News-reading Behaviors in the South African Emigrant”. You are being invited to participate in this research study because you are a member of an online community that serves the interests of South Africans who seek to migrate, or have already migrated from South Africa to either the USA, Canada or Australia. If you take part in this study, you will be one of about forty-five people to do so.

 

The people in charge of this study are Celeste Chalmers and Elizabet Madjarac of Lindsey Wilson College. They are being sponsored in this research by Dr. William P. Neace, a full-time faculty member of Lindsey Wilson College. There may be other people on the research team assisting at different times during the study.

 

This study aims to find out if the frequency of South African news-reading behavior is different for individuals who migrate from South Africa to other regions. The study will be conducted by way of an online survey. The survey will be posted on the following forums: SAUSA.org, SACanada.org and SAAustralia.org.

 

The survey consists of 24 mandatory questions (multiple choice and rating scale) and should take a maximum of 15 minutes to complete, although there is no time limit. Responses will be collected by Google Forms software and data will be exported automatically into a secure online spreadsheet from where it will be analyzed.

 

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. If you decide to take part in the study, it should be because you really want to volunteer. You will not lose any benefits or rights you would normally have if you choose not to volunteer. If you decide to take part in the study you still have the right to decide at any time that you no longer want to continue. You will not receive any payment or reward for taking part in this study. There are no costs associated with taking part in this study.

 

Your participation and the information you provide during the study will be kept confidential. Your information will be combined with information from other people taking part in the study. When we write up the study to share it with other researchers, we will write about this combined information. You will not be named or identified in these written materials. Only the person(s) in charge of this study, his/her personnel, and/or faculty sponsor will have access to the information you provide.

 

We will make every effort to prevent anyone who is not on the research team from knowing that you gave us information, or what that information is. For example, your screen name will be kept separate from the information you give, and these two things will be stored in different places under lock and key.

 

Before you decide whether to accept this invitation to take part in the study, please ask any questions that might come to mind now. Later, if you have questions about the study, you can contact the investigator, Celeste Chalmers at celeste.chalmers[at]lindsey.edu or on +1 270 250 3607, or Elizabet Madjarac at elizabet.madjarac[at]lindsey.edu. You may also contact our faculty sponsor, Dr. William P. Neace, via email to NeaceW[at]lindsey.edu, or by calling +1 270-384-8080. You will be told if any new information is learned that may affect your condition or influence your willingness to continue taking part in this study.

 

Neither the person in charge of the study nor any personnel involved in this study have any financial or personal interest in any company or instrument being used.

 

By clicking on the survey link, you confirm that you have read the above information and give your implied consent to participate in this study. Furthermore, you are aware that electronic submittal of this survey constitutes your signature.

 

The survey will be open until 3 April 2015.

 

 

http://goo.gl/forms/J9HQcI0pPI

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Done. :)

 

By the way, SAUSA's polling ability (if it worked, and it doesn't... don't know why) would have been inadequate for your needs.

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Done too! Interesting survey, if the results get published will you let us know?

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Done!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this survey!

 

What was meant to be a simple survey has had 55 responses from this site, SAAustralia.org and SACanada.org. While there were some survey design issues that had to be fixed in real time, we should be able to get enough data to see if our hypothesis is supported or not.

 

To read more about why we chose to do this survey, please see the attached Debriefing Sheet.

 

 

Debriefing sheet (final).doc

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this survey.

 

I tried to attach the whole paper, but unfortunately it exceeds 70kb. Then I tried to attach a smaller version (just the Results and Discussion) but for some reason I don't have permission.

 

In a nutshell, we didn't have enough non-migrants or pre-migrants to constitute a decent sample, but we had significant results in the increase of news-reading frequency in the pre to post and pre to settled migrant phases. It seems as if news-reading increases over time, and our theory was that perhaps cognitive dissonance was a factor. Reading the news less when living amidst the problems of SA might be a way to avoid the uncomfortable feelings associated with the "should I stay or should I go?" debate that we are sadly all too familiar with. After emigrating, perhaps the news-reading frequency increases as we try to maintain our self esteem and "prove" to ourselves that leaving was indeed the correct thing to do. As I say, just a theory. We had a lot of fun, and learnt a lot, so it was very worthwhile for me.

 

If anyone is interested in reading the full 15 pages, I would be happy to email it directly to you!

 

 

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CChalmers, on 14 May 2015 - 11:15 AM, said:

After emigrating, perhaps the news-reading frequency increases as we try to maintain our self esteem and "prove" to ourselves that leaving was indeed the correct thing to do. As I say, just a theory.

 

I agree with you, but not only that, I think many people stay in touch with South African affairs in case they have to go back for some reason - especially the H-1B category.

 

 

 

CChalmers, on 14 May 2015 - 11:15 AM, said:

 

I tried to attach the whole paper, but unfortunately it exceeds 70kb. Then I tried to attach a smaller version (just the Results and Discussion) but for some reason I don't have permission.

 

I'm sorry for that, but the forum seems to have developed a few quirks over time. It's telling me all of a sudden that I do not have permission to mark all of my messages as "read".

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Janneman, I like your comments. I agree with the fact that H1B's might be hedging their bets and keeping an eye on SA in case of needing to return. I know it was certainly part of why we read the news. However, we had almost no respondents in the work visa category, almost all were PR / Citizen, so that is a little confounding (and that goes for Aus and Canada too!).

 

I was actually surprised at the fact that most people were so settled, I would have thought many more would be in the work visa category? I guess 55 people is hardly a generalizeable sample!

 

Yes, the site is quirky - but compared to the value it gives - I will take its quirks anyday ;)

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I read the news so I can understand Madam and Eve :D

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And then sometimes I don't want to read the news because it's just too darn depressing.

How many thousands of children have had their futures compromised because of this?

 

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Sadtu-selling-principals-posts-in-exchange-for-cows-sheep-and-goats-20150517

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SJ27 - Madam and Eve and of course Zapiro - as they say "a picture is worth a thousand words".

 

I had just been reading the story you posted and I felt like I was reading something from another dimension - corruption in farm animals - just unbelievable. It is embarrassing that this is what is going on in our country. So sad, and for the life of me I cannot see what / who will change it.

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