Informed Consent Form 
 
Title of Project: Personality and Its Effects on the Presence of Prosocial Behavior in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Principal Investigator: Lexy Hedgecock                     Advisor: Dr. Jessica Cascio

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this research study is to examine if prosocial behavior in regards to the Covid-19 Pandemic have anything to do with personal traits.

Number of Participants: Approximately 300 participants.

Procedures to be followed: You will be asked to participate in an online survey. In each you will be asked to answer questions as truthfully as you can. 

Your participation is voluntary. If you do not want to continue to be in the study, you may stop at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

Risks: There are no risks in participating in this research beyond those experienced in everyday life. There is a possibility of unforeseen risks occurring. In the event of problems resulting from participation in the study, psychological treatment is available at the NWMSU Counseling Center, telephone (660-562-1220). 

Benefits: By participating in this study, you may learn more about why prosocial behavior is more present in some people in comparison to others during a global pandemic.

Compensation: There is no compensation for participating in this survey.

Duration: This study should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Statement of Confidentiality:  The questions you will be asked do not ask for any information that would identify who the responses belong to. Therefore, your responses are recorded anonymously. Any information obtained during this study that could identify you will be kept strictly confidential. If this research is published, no information that would identify you will be included since your name is in no way linked to your responses.

Data Storage: Data collected from the survey will be stored indefinitely on an online password protected server. The data may be used for future research studies or distributed to another investigator for future research studies without additional informed consent from you. The only data that will be published or shared will be aggregate responses.

Right to Ask Questions:  The researcher conducting this study is Lexy Hedgecock. You may ask any questions you have via email before you complete the survey.  If you later have questions, concerns, or complaints about the research please contact Lexy Hedgecock (Lexyhedgecock.LH@gmail.com). The faculty advisor on this project is Dr. Jessica Cascio. You can contact her by email (jcascio@nwmissouri.edu).

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a participant in this research and/or concerns about the study, or if you feel under any pressure to enroll or to continue to participate in this study, you may contact the Northwest Missouri State University Institutional Review Board at IRBNWMS@nwmissouri.edu  or (660-562-1012). You may also call this number with problems, complaints, or concerns about the research. 

Voluntary Participation: You do not have to participate in this research.  You can stop your participation at any time.  You may refuse to participate or choose to discontinue participation at any time and close out of the survey without any repercussions. You can skip any question you do not want to answer. If, during the project, the researcher learns something that might influence your willingness to participate in the study, this information will be shared with you.

You must be 18 years of age older to participate in this research study.
Completion and return of the study implies that you have read the information in this form and consent to participate in the research.

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