Introduction

Dear Participant,

My name is Aimee Leukert and I am a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University.  I am inviting you to participate in a survey that is part of my dissertation study examining the relationship between current trends, behaviors and attitudes of Seventh-day Adventist church members and the choice of school for their child(ren).

ELIGIBILITY. To take part in this study, you must be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church and have K-12 school-aged children.

PARTICIPATION. You may participate by taking an online survey asking about your beliefs about religion in general and about the Seventh-day Adventist church specifically. There will also be basic demographic questions such as your level of education, age and income. The survey has 36 questions and will take you around 10-15 minutes to complete.

RISKS OF PARTICIPATION. The risks you run by taking part in this study are minimal, and not higher than those faced in everyday interactions. The risks include the possibility that you may be offended by some of the questions in the survey. You are free to skip any question that makes you uncomfortable, or stop the survey at any time.

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION.  This results of this study will add to the research and knowledge base for Adventist education in general as well as provide data for my dissertation.  This study will not necessarily benefit you personally.

VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may stop or withdraw from the study at any time, or refuse to answer any particular question for any reason without it being held against you. Your decision whether or not to participate will have no effect on your current or future connection with anyone at Claremont Graduate University.

CONFIDENTIALITY:  This anonymous online study is being conducted through the website of SurveyMonkey, an independent internet service company.  You may find out more about this website, if you wish, at www.surveymonkey.com.  No identifying information about you is being collected.  In order to protect the anonymity of your responses, no IP addresses, email addresses, or identifying information will be collected, and SurveyMonkey uses industry-standard security methods to protect data transmission and storage. Survey data will be stored only on a password-protected computer. All individual answers will be presented in summary form in any papers, books, talks, posts, or stories resulting from this study.  We may share the data set with other researchers, but your identity will not be known.

FURTHER INFORMATION.  If you have any questions or would like additional information about this study, please contact me at aimee.leukert@cgu.edu or 909.815.2659.  You may also contact my faculty advisor, Dr. DeLacy Ganley at delacy.ganley@cgu.edu or (909) 607-1111 or CGU’s IRB directly at irb@cgu.edu or (909) 607-9406.  This survey has been certified as exempt from Institutional Review Board coverage. You may print and keep a copy of this consent form.

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* 1. I have read the information above and consent to participating in this survey under those terms.

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* 2. Do you currently identify yourself as a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church?

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* 3. In the 2017-2018 school year, did you have at least one school-aged child (kindergarten-12th grade) in your household?

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