Welcome to the survey about worry levels in adults.

Participant Information Sheet/Confirmation Sheet

Worry levels in adults.

Principal Researcher: Graeme Cheverton: gcheverton@hotmail.com

Research Supervisor: Dr Rhonda Shaw: rhshaw@csu.edu.au
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

Charles Sturt University
Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 

If you are aged 18 years and over you are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Graeme Cheverton who is currently completing a Master in Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia. Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of the study is to better understand worry in adults.

Why have I been invited to participate in this study?

You have been invited to be in this study because you are aged 18 years and over.

What does this study involve?

If you agree to participate, the following survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Typically, the questions require ticking a box to indicate how true this statement is for you. For example, “If I do not have time to do everything, I do not worry about it”.

Are there risks and benefits to me in taking part in this study?

There are no known risks from being in this study, and you will not benefit personally. Taking part in this study will not cost you anything, and there are no financial reimbursements to participants of this study. However, we hope that others may benefit in the future from what we learn as a result of this study. Should you at any stage of your participation in this study experience lowered mood or feel in any way disturbed by the content of the questionnaires, you may wish to discuss this with a health care professional. Alternatively, you can ring Lifeline for free counselling and advice on 131114.

What if I don't want to take part in this study?

Participation in this research is entirely your choice and a decision not to participate will not disadvantage you. By completing the survey you are providing your informed consent. You can withdraw from the study by simply closing your browser window. Once you have submitted your data, you will not be able to withdraw from the study given the anonymous nature of the data.

How will my confidentiality be protected?

Your responses will be anonymous and it will not be possible to identify you from your answers. All data will be retained for at least 5 years in a locked computer file.

What will happen to the information that I give you?

The data you provide will be presented in a thesis to be submitted for my (Graeme Cheverton) master’s degree. This research may also be published in a peer-reviewed journal. A short summary of the findings will be provided if you send an email to me indicating that you would like to receive this.

What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before I decide?

If you would like further information about this study, please contact the research supervisor or principal researcher as above. Charles Sturt University’s Arts Faculty Human Ethics Committee has approved this project.
If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, which you do not wish to discuss with the researchers as above, you may contact the Committee:

The Executive Officer
Arts Faculty Human Ethics Committee
Charles Sturt University
Boorooma Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678
Ph.: 02 6933 4388
Email: artsfhec@csu.edu.au

By progressing past this information page you are indicating your informed consent to participate in this study. Please navigate away from this site if you do not w

* 1. How old are you in years?

* 2. Are you:

* 3. Which of the following categories best describes your employment status?

* 4. Approximately what was your combined HOUSEHOLD income last year?

* 5. Rate your level of health on the following scale, from 1(poor) to 5 (excellent):

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