Informed Consent and Information Sheet

 
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This study is being conducted by Yung-Chi Chen, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor in Educational Psychology Program at The Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY). Please read this consent statement carefully before deciding whether to participate.

About the research: This study examines how people perceive and estimate their degree of risk under uncertain risky situations and how they form their mental representations of risky situations and choices when making their decision. This study also investigates how personal traits, such as mindfulness and emotional regulation, may affect people’s decision-making styles. You will be presented with a series of hypothetical scenarios that involve different environmental and health hazard situations, and you will be asked to estimate the risk involved in a particular situation or select a preferred option. In order to participate in this study, you must be aged 18 or over.

Participation and Withdrawal: Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and you may choose to stop at any time without penalty.

Risks and Benefits: No more than minimal risks are anticipated with this study. Some questions in the questionnaires may induce some emotional discomfort; however, it is expected to be minimal. Should the emotional discomfort caused by the questions become unmanageable during or after filling out the questionnaire, please contact me at ychen8@gc.cuny.edu. I will provide you with referral for counseling. There are no assured direct benefits from participating in this study. However, potential benefits may include: Potential personal satisfaction for participating in a study that is related to understanding one’s decision-making style and reflecting on personal growth. To receive copies of journal articles and or research summaries, email ychen8@gc.cuny.edu.

Payments: In return for your participation, you are eligible to win one of ten $25 gift cards through a raffle. Your participation in the raffle drawing will be OPTIONAL. If you are interested in participating in this raffle, you will be asked for your email address at the end of the survey, and your contact information will be kept in a separate file from your survey responses.


Confidentiality: Study participation is anonymous and confidential. You do not need to provide your name to participate in this study. All data will be kept confidential and will only be reported in a conglomerate format (only reporting combined results and never reporting individual results). All information gathered in this study will remain strictly confidential. The data collected will be stored in a secured drawer at The Graduate Center of CUNY and will be destroyed when the study is completed.

Time involvement: Your participation will take approximately 20-30 minutes.

Contact: If at any time you have any questions regarding the research or your participation, you can contact the principal investigator Dr. Yung-Chi Chen at ychen8@gc.cuny.edu or (212) 817-8288, who will answer your questions. If at any time you have comments or concerns regarding the conduct of the research or questions about your rights as a research subject, you should contact Kay Powell, Human Research Protection Program Coordinator at The Graduate Center of City University of New York, who can be reached at (212) 817-7525 or kpowell@gc.cuny.edu.

Review: This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of The Graduate Center, City University of New York (Protocol #438553-1).

* 1. Agreement: By clicking "I Agree," I indicate that this research has been sufficiently explained and I agree to participate in this study.

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