The Influences of Self-reported Social Camouflaging

Who is conducting the Research?

Jessica Bowley
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Dr Cathryne Lang
School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University
Ph: (07) 3735 3308

Why is the research being conducted?

Social camouflaging is a term used to describe behaviours that hide or mask aspects of oneself from others to ‘fit in’ and to form relationships with others. Little is known about when or how individuals use social camouflaging across various environments (e.g., face-to-face) and contexts (e.g., work vs. social). This project explores how and when different types of social camouflaging are used.

What you will be asked to do

Your participation will involve completing an anonymous online survey that will take 25-30 minutes. The questionnaire includes general demographic questions as well as standardised questionnaires about autistic traits, social camouflaging behaviours, social media usage and other social behaviour. At the end of the survey, you can select to provide your contact details to enter the draw to win 1 of three $50 vouchers for the Woolworths group. (Your contact details are collected and stored separate to your responses, so that your answers on the survey will remain anonymous).

The expected benefits of the research

Participation in this project will not directly benefit you. However, the information obtained through the study may be used to improve our understanding of social behaviour.

Risks to you

This project is considered a low-risk project. It is unlikely that there are any risks greater than daily living involved with participation in this project. If you experience discomfort or distress as a result of responding to these questions, we encourage you to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 for free confidential telephone counselling or your General Practitioner for psychological support.

Feedback to you

If you participate and wish to receive a summary of the research results once the study has been completed, please provide your email address when prompted at the end of the survey. This information is kept separate to your survey responses.

Additionally, an ‘easy read’ summary of the project outcomes will be provided to the Autism Queensland research team at the conclusion of this project, which will be disseminated at the research team’s discretion to relevant Autism Queensland forums.

Questions / further information about the project

If you have any further questions about this research, please contact the research team members. To keep a copy of their contact details, make sure that you print or save a screenshot of this information.

Privacy statement

The conduct of this research involves the collection of personal information (e.g., age, gender) to allow the sample to be described. This data will only be accessible by the project team and will be kept in a non-identifiable form (i.e., without your name or email). Only aggregate data will be reported in the research summary or any publications or presentations. Research data will be retained in a password protected electronic file for a period of five years from the date of final publication before being destroyed. Data kept on file may be used in future research projects that are an extension of, or closely related to, this research. De-identified data from this study may be shared with the research community at large to advance science and health. We will remove or code any potentially identifiable information that could identify the participants either alone or in combination before files are shared with other researchers to ensure that, by current scientific standards and known methods, no one will be able to identify the participants from the information we share.

Personal identifiable information (e.g., email address) will be collected to facilitate the prize draw. This data will be destroyed once the prize draw is complete. This data cannot be linked with your survey responses.

Ethical conduct of project

Griffith University conducts research in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the Manager, Research Ethics on (07) 3735 4375 or This project has received ethical approval from the Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee (GU ref no: 2021/907).

Prize Draw Details

  • A prize draw is being run by Jessica Bowley and Cathryne Lang of the School of Applied Psychology Griffith University to encourage participation in the study detailed above.
  • By electing to participate, you accept these terms and conditions as governing the prize draw. Instructions on how to enter the prize draw and details advertising the survey form part of the conditions. Any personal information you provide to us in the course of entering the prize draw will be dealt with by us in accordance with our privacy policy (published at:
  • Three $50 vouchers will be awarded in the prize draw. Should the advertised prize become unavailable because of circumstances beyond our control, we are free (at our sole discretion) to substitute a cash prize equivalent to the value of the prize advertised.
  • Entry is free (other than the cost of accessing the website, which is your responsibility). Entry is open between December 2021 and May 2022. Entries received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • To enter the prize draw, you must: (a) be over 18 years old; (b) been recruited for this study through Autism Queensland; (c) complete the online questionnaire; and (d) provide a valid email address.
  • You may not enter the prize draw if you are: i) a member of the research team, ii) employed by the research team; iii) an immediate family member (i.e., a spouse-partner, child, or sibling) of someone identified at 1 or 2 above.
  • You may only submit one entry in the prize draw.
  • All survey and other materials provided by you become our property. No responsibility is taken for late, lost, or misdirected surveys or entries.
  • Following the closing date, the prize winners will be selected randomly from valid entries received. Each entry can only be drawn once.
  • Subject to system malfunction, the draw will occur on 01/06/2022. If the systems supporting the draw are not functioning as they should when the draw is due, the draw will be held as soon as possible once the systems become functional again. Prize winners do not need to be present at the time of the draw.
  • Prize winner names will not be published.
  • The relevant prize will be sent to each prize winner in the form of an e-voucher at the email address captured within the survey instrument. If an email address has not been supplied, the entry will be treated in accordance with the information outlined below.
  • Prizes will be emailed within two weeks of the draw.
  • The right to a prize is not transferable or assignable to another person.
  • If any prize winner cannot be contacted within three (3) months of the draw, then that person’s right to the prize is forfeited and the prize will be treated as an unclaimed prize.
  • Only one redraw of unclaimed prizes will take place, and other existing prizes are not affected. The redraw prize winner(s) will be randomly selected from remaining valid entries and notified within two (2) weeks of the redraw. If the redraw prize winner(s) cannot be contacted within three (3) months of the redraw, then we may determine that the relevant prize(s) will not be awarded.
  • Prizes cannot be substituted for another prize at the election of the prize-winner.
  • We are not liable for any loss, expense, damage or injury sustained by any entrant in connection with this prize draw, the prize or redemption of the prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (in which case, that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law).
  • We may suspend the promotion if we determine that the integrity or administration of the promotion has been adversely affected due to circumstances beyond its control. We may disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process.

Completion of this survey will be taken as your consent to participate in the research.

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