Informed Consent

The purpose of this research study is to explore the relationship between a person’s choice of leisure activity and various traits that person might possess. The sample will include approximately 1200 individuals. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to provide some information about which leisure activities you do and to answer some questions about various psychological traits that you might possess (117 items). Finally, you’ll be asked to provide some information about things such as your age and marital status. Altogether your participation should take no longer than 30 minutes. Your participation in this study involves no reasonably foreseeable risks and no direct benefits to you, though the study may provide a better understanding of what people do in their leisure time. Please read the following information before beginning the survey.

I agree to participate in the research conducted by Larry Z. Daily and his research associates. I understand that the proposed research has been reviewed by the Shepherd University Institutional Review Board and that to the best of their ability they have determined that the procedures involve no invasion of my rights of privacy, nor do they incorporate any procedure or requirements which may be found morally or ethically objectionable. I understand that my participation in this research is voluntary, that I may refuse to participate, and that I may terminate my participation in this study without penalty.

I understand that my anonymity will be maintained in analysis and reporting. Though SurveyMonkey automatically records potentially identifiable information (e.g., my IP address), recording of that information will be disabled. Thus, no person identifiable data will be collected from me by the researchers. I understand that only Larry Z. Daily and other members of his research team will have access to the data from this study.

I understand that in consenting to participate, I give Larry Z. Daily and his research associates permission to present this work, both in written and oral form, without further permission from me.

If you have any questions about this study, you should feel free to ask them now or anytime throughout the study by contacting the primary investigator, Larry Z. Daily at ldaily@shepherd.edu.

ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR RIGHTS AS A RESEARCH PARTICIPANT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO THE SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (Jason Best, IRB Chair, 304.876.5331). ALL RESEARCH PROJECTS THAT ARE CARRIED OUT BY INVESTIGATORS AT SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY ARE GOVERNED BY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IN CASE OF A RESEARCH-RELATED INJURY, CONTACT THE ABOVE PERSON AS SOON AS YOU ARE MEDICALLY ABLE.

If you are under the age of 18 years, please do not participate in this study.

I understand that completing the survey indicates my understanding of the above information and represents my informed consent to participate. If you agree to participate, please click the button below to begin the survey.

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