Study Title: Changing Attitudes Towards Male Victims of Dating Violence

Contact information for researchers: 
Caressa Slocum, B.A.                                         Dr. Elizabeth Meadows, Ph.D.
Doctoral Student Researcher                           Faculty Advisor
Department of Psychology                               Department of Psychology
Sloan Hall 101                                                      Sloan Hall 209 
(732) 757-8855                                                    (989) 774-6499                               

Introductory Statement

You are being invited to take part in a research study from the CMU Department of Psychology.  The goal of this study is to understand attitudes related to dating violence.  The results of this study will be used for Caressa Slocum’s Doctoral dissertation.  If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to contact Caressa Slocum (

To participate, you must:
-be 18-28 years old
-be able to read and write in English

What is the purpose of this study? This study will examine attitudes towards dating violence. The purpose of this study is to better understand how individuals involved in dating violence are perceived.

What will I do in this study? If you decide to participate, you will be asked to answer short surveys about your beliefs about dating violence. You will also be asked about your experiences with dating violence and asked to fill out demographic information. You may also be asked to read a brief article and/or write a short narrative. You can complete this study on your own time using any computer with an Internet connection.

How long will it take me to do this? This is a two-part study. The first part, which you can do today, takes approximately 20-30 minutes. The second part, which you will be invited to do approximately one week later, takes about 15-30 minutes.

Are there any risks of participating in the study? When thinking or reading about conflict, you may find the subject unpleasant or upsetting. Some of the questions ask about your own dating violence history, and the pages you read may describe dating violence. If you feel uncomfortable during this survey, you may leave those questions blank or stop participating.

What are the benefits of participating in the study? There are no direct benefits to you for completing this study. However, you will have the chance to learn more about this research as well as dating violence, which may be useful or interesting. Findings from this study may help increase our knowledge in the area of dating violence.

Is there a different way for me to receive the benefits of this study? Since there are no direct benefits to you for completing this study, there is no other way to receive them. If you want to learn more about this research you may contact Caressa Slocum (

Will anyone know what I do or say in this study (Confidentiality)? During the study, you will be asked to provide your email address for compensation and to be contact to complete part two of this study. Your email address will not be associated with your survey responses but will remain on a password protected SurveyMonkey server. After data collection is complete, your email address will be used to issue the compensation that you have chosen. Your email address will not be linked with your responses when the data is being reviewed and analyzed. SurveyMonkey, the company used to collect this data, guarantees the security and privacy of their database servers. However, the researchers cannot guarantee that SurveyMonkey will respect their privacy policy.
Will anyone outside of the research team have access to my collected data? There are Central Michigan University staff, state or federal agency officials who ensure the protection of human subjects in research and might access your records in line with their official duties or as required by law.

Will I receive any compensation for participation? After completing each part of this study, you will have two options for compensation:  
1) You can enter a drawing for an Amazon gift card.
  • At Time 1, you can enter for a chance to win one of ten $10 Amazon gift cards.
  • At Time 2, you can enter for a chance to win one of ten $10 Amazon gift cards.

2) Central Michigan University students may choose to receive one Sona-Systems subject pool credit for completing each part of the study. You can earn two-Sona Systems credits by completing both parts.

Is there a different way for me to receive this compensation of this study? An alternative way to receive credit for study participation is to write a short paper reviewing a journal article. You can contact Caressa Slocum if you would like to complete this alternative.

How can I contact a member of the study team for information about this study? If you have questions feel free to contact Caressa Slocum (

Who can I contact outside of the study team for information about this study? This study has been approved by the Central Michigan University Institutional Review Board. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, wish to obtain information or report a case of research-related injury, ask questions, discuss any concerns about this study, or wish to offer input about this study with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact the:

Central Michigan University Institutional Review Board
600 East Preston Street
Foust Hall 104
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: (989) 774-6401

You are free to refuse to participate in this research project or to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation in the project at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.  Your participation will not affect your relationship with the institution(s) involved in this research project. 

By selecting “Agree” below I consent to participate in this research. 

Selecting “Agree” below indicates that:
  • You have read and understand the above information
  • You voluntarily agree to participate
  • You are between 18-28 years of age
If you do not wish to participate in the research study, please click the “Do Not Agree” button.

* 1. I consent to participate in this research