texas study

You are invited to participate in a video diary project titled Loving a Registrant: Life Experiences of Sex Offender Family Members as Told Through Participant Video Diaries (IRB Approval #Sum2017-95). This research project is being conducted by Dr. Danielle Bailey and Dr. Jennifer Klein from the University of Texas at Tyler.

Dr. Bailey and Dr. Klein worked with Texas Voices for Reason and Justice last year to evaluate the effect of residency restrictions on registrants and their families.  This project is an attempt to gain a better understanding of how all sex offender policies, including registration, notification, and residency restrictions, impact the daily lives of registered citizens’ family members.  At this time, the study is only available to family members who have a loved one with a sex offense conviction. We are looking for any spouses, siblings, children or extended family members of registered citizens, but this can include minors as young as 14 years of age or older, provided that there is parental consent provided. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older can provide their own consent. This study will be extended as a later date to include registered citizens as well.

If you decide to participate in this research project, you will be asked to record several video diary entries and upload them to a private YouTube channel.  Video diary entries are not limited in length or in frequency, so you may record as often as you wish.  In order to remain in the study, we require at least three video entries, although you are asked to upload approximately six videos a month for at least two months (between one and two videos a week).  Video diary entries will remain confidential, and any personal identifying information will be removed from subsequent transcriptions.

If you would like more information about the research project, please visit the research study’s website at www.videodiaries2017.wordpress.com.  The website contains links to the informed consent form and provides instructions regarding further steps if you decide to participate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Danielle Bailey at dbailey@uttyler.edu or (903) 566 – 7432, or Dr. Jennifer Klein at jenniferklein@uttyler.edu or (903) 566 – 7438.  We look forward to hearing from you!



Dr. Bailey & Dr. Klein

Jennifer Klein, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice


University of Texas at Tyler

3900 University Boulevard

BUS 229

Tyler, TX 75799

(903) 566-7438

Email: jenniferklein@uttyler.edu

Please visit me at www.jenniferlklein.com