My name is Mary Kate Jones and I am a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Towson University. As part of my first year project for my master's degree, I will be conducting a survey about life events and relationships. You must be 18 years or older to participate. Participation in this study is voluntary. If you choose to participate in my study, you will be asked to complete a survey that I expect will take approximately 20-40 minutes. Some of the questions may be somewhat upsetting or uncomfortable. You may skip questions you do not want to answer, and you may discontinue your participation in the study at any time. There are no consequences for participating, choosing not to participate, or withdrawing participation. Your responses will be completely anonymous and cannot be linked to you in any way. Although there are no direct benefits to you, your responses will be a valuable contribution to psychological research. This research has been approved by Towson University's Institutional Review Board.

If you have any questions about the project, you may contact me at mjones28@students.towson.edu, my faculty advisor, Dr. John Govern at jgovern@towson.edu, or the Chairperson of Towson University's Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants, Dr. Debi Gartland, at (410) 704-2236.

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