Participant Information Sheet

Project Overview
This project is being completed by Lisa Bawden as a research project for the Bachelor of Psychological Science Honors Program. The aim of this project is to explore factors that are associated with Australian attitudes towards same sex marriage and the recent Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

Participation Procedure
You are invited to complete an anonymous online survey that consists of general demographic questions (e.g., age, gender) and a series of scales measuring attitudes to marriage (both same sex and opposite-sex marriage), attitudes to LGBTI people, attitudes towards gay parenting, questions regarding personality characteristics, and your thoughts on the recent Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

Completion of the survey will take approximately 25 minutes.

Benefits and Risks
There is no direct benefit to you for participating in this project. However, it is expected that this project will be of benefit to furthering understanding of Australian attitudes to same-sex marriage.

The completion of the survey may be a time inconvenience for some participants. However, you are able to withdraw from participating at any time by closing your web browser.

We acknowledge that some questions in the survey may elicit emotional discomfort. 

It is recommended and encouraged that if you feel distress from participating at any time whilst completing the survey that you should close the browser window and contact free-counseling services such as Beyond Blue or Lifeline, which can be accessed via the following:

https://www.lifeline.org.au/
Phone: 13 11 14  

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
Phone: 1300 22 4636

Confidentiality / Anonymity
The survey will not collect any identifying information; your responses will be anonymous.

Given that the survey will be completed from any available internet enabled device, security of such devices cannot be guaranteed.

Data will be securely stored for seven years after the last use of the data (e.g. publication/submission of thesis) in accordance with the Australian Psychological Society Guidelines.

Outcome
The results of this research will be incorporated into an assessable piece by the student in the form of a dissertation or report. Publication is not the primary intention of this research, but a journal article or conference papers may arise out of this work.

Consent
Participation is entirely voluntary. Your consent to participate in this project will be obtained through your agreement to the Electronic Consent below.
Right to Withdraw
Your participation in this research survey is voluntary. You may withdraw at any time prior to completing the survey simply by closing the survey window on your web browser.

If you wish to withdraw after submitting the survey, the information you have already provided cannot be deleted. This is because we will not be collecting any identifiable information from you and therefore, will not be able to identify your information.

Feedback
You may request to receive a copy of the findings of this research by emailing the researcher at the conclusion of the survey. 

Questions/ Further Information

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Project Supervisors Dr. Adam Gerace via a.gerace@cqu.edu.au or Dr. Amy Reynolds via a.reynolds@cqu.edu.au or the student Lisa Bawden via lisa.bawden@cqumail.com.

Please contact Central Queensland University’s Research Division (Tel: 07 4923 2603; E-mail: ethics@cqu.edu.au; Mailing address: Building 32, CQUniversity, Rockhampton  QLD 4702) should there be any concerns about the nature and/or conduct of this research project.

This project has been approved by the CQUniversity Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number 2018-307.  

ELECTRONIC CONSENT:

Clicking on the “next” button below indicates that: 
  • You are over the age of 18 years and were eligible to vote in the Australian Postal Survey
  • You have read the above information
  • You voluntarily agree to participate; and
  • You give your consent for the data you provide in the following survey to be used for the assessment and research purpose described above

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