Dear Mr. Kemp, I appreciate you writing to me, as I truly care about how my research impacts my participants. I sincerely did not intend for my research to appear deceptive in any way, and it was certainly not designed with deception in mind. The survey questions about the frequency and severity of CFS symptoms and level of stress are included to provide a sense of symptom distress and how that might be related to experiences with medical professionals. In psychological research, we typically do tell participants what the focus of the study is, but not specific hypotheses. The purpose is not to deceive, but to try not to sway participant responding one way or another. Because of my own experience, I wanted to try to do research that might make some small contribution toward educating medical professionals and, in turn, improve the experiences of those diagnosed with CFS.I hope that I have adequately addressed your concerns. Kind regards, ~Elizabeth Kendrick P.S. I also sent this message to you via email, since you had emailed me. I hope you received it.