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Participants needed for research studies
Helping victims of sexual assault heal and recover
Women who have experienced a sexual assault within the past two years and are 18 years of age or older are invited to participate in a study exploring how treating oneself with kindness and compassion may help victims of sexual violence heal and recover. Participants will be asked to complete a number of questionnaires that ask questions about their background, experience(s) of sexual assault and other stressful events, psychological and physical health, and different ways of treating themselves. It is expected to take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete the study. Participants can complete the questionnaires either on paper, by first contacting the researcher to receive a research package, or, they can participate through the internet, where the survey is accessible on-line at https://surveys.oise.utoronto.ca/surveyviewer2/index.php?surveyID=VDRP3.
For every participant a monetary donation will be given to a charity organization in Canada dedicated to working to end violence against women.
The study is being conducted through the Counselling Psychology Program of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. It has received ethics clearance through the Social Sciences, Humanities and Education Research Board of the University of Toronto, and is being funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Should you have any further questions regarding this study, please feel welcome to contact me, Angèle Close, at (226) 220-0991 or firstname.lastname@example.org or my supervisor, Dr. Lana Stermac, at (416) 978-0722 or email@example.com.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Heterosexual Women's Sexual Well-being
My name is Dr. Sandra Byers and I am a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick. I am interested in recruiting women 18 years and older for a study I am conducting on Heterosexual Women's Sexual Well-being. I am interested in comparing women who have had unwanted sexual experiences in childhood and/or adulthood with women who have not had these experiences. You will be asked about your relationships, sexual experiences, and sexual attitudes.
The survey takes approximately 30 minutes and you will have an opportunity to win 1 of 3 prizes of $100. If you are interested in more details, please go to http://www.unbstudy.com and select Heterosexual Women's Sexual Well-being.
Best Bet by Laura Pedersen
Best Bet is Pedersen's fourth and final novel featuring card shark and wild child-turned-college student Hallie Palmer, who last appeared in The Big Shuffle (Ballantine Books). As with Pedersen's previous award-winning novels in the series, Best Bet is both humorous and heartfelt. The novel underscores the importance of friends, family and a sense of belonging.
More about Best Bet (iUniverse; trade paperback; October 2009)
Since Hallie's father died and left behind ten children, money at the Palmer household is tighter than ever. And just when Hallie thought she was graduating from college, it turns out she's four credits short. A professor needs one more student for a project that will take her around the world, only Hallie's longtime boyfriend Craig has another proposition.
Thus begins Hallie's great odyssey outside the safety of Cosgrove County and the sixty-mile radius in which she's functioned for her entire life. But somehow escaping home doesn't translate into leaving behind all of her problems, and, unfortunately not all can be solved by putting her superior gambling skills to work. Eventually, it's time to return home, where Hallie must finally face the biggest decision of her life.
Escape from Adventure Island marks second Wii title from JumpStart
Trusted JumpStart Brand Expands Presence on Hottest Console for Kids
TORRANCE, CALIF., - November 9, 2009 - JumpStart® continues to make its mark in the gaming space, announcing today the release of its second Wii title, Escape from Adventure Island, for kids age 5-9 years old. Coming on the heels of the successful September 1st launch of JumpStart Pet Rescue, the number one best-selling children's Wii title for the month of September according to NPD, JumpStart Escape From Adventure Island is available at major retailers.
Sure to be one of the hottest games of this holiday season, JumpStart Escape From Adventure Island immerses fans into all-new adventures by transforming them into explorers while teaching over 150 age-appropriate essential skills including language, reading, math, critical thinking and more. Young minds are inspired through fun, immersive play as they use their brain power to escape from a mysterious island after a balloon mishap leaves them stranded.
"With the release of JumpStart Escape From Adventure Island, we continue to evolve our business model by filling a niche in the Wii market for kids 5-9 years old," stated David Lord, CEO of Knowledge Adventure. "This sustained expansion into the Wii market furthers our mission to deliver games that parents can trust while providing a lively, immersive environment for children to learn. We look forward to expanding our presence on Wii even more."
According to a study of 4,700 kids and parents conducted by AskSmartyPants.com, Wii is kids' #1 most-loved brand of 2009. JumpStart leverages Wii features and functionality to make learning fun.
Knowledge Adventure® is the leader in adventure-based learning games for 3-to-10 year olds with its leading brands, JumpStart® and Math Blaster. By bringing the JumpStart brand and its rich, trusted educational content to the Wii platform with Jumpstart Pet Rescue and JumpStart Escape From Adventure Island, the company continues to evolve JumpStart to a multi-platform brand delivering content into whatever form parents and kids desire.
About Knowledge Adventure
Knowledge Adventure® is the leader in adventure-based 3D virtual worlds for 3-to-10 year olds. With its JumpStart® and Math Blaster products, kids learn through endless gaming adventures in 3D virtual worlds. By blending learning and entertainment, Knowledge Adventure's adventure-based learning inspires kids' minds through immersed play. For more than 15 years, Knowledge Adventure has set the standard in kids' gaming by creating the finest educational products for use in the home and the classroom. The company is internationally renowned for its award-winning products. A subsidiary of Knowledge Holdings, Inc., the company is privately-held and based in Torrance, California. For more information, go to www.jumpstart.com or call (310) 533-3400.
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