Informed Consent Form for Research on Human Subjects


William Finnell, a student in the Doctor of Ministry Program at Columbia International University (Columbia, South Carolina, USA), is conducting research on reentryreentry and debriefing programs effectiveness for returning missionaries. The research seeks to provide evidence as to the effectiveness of these programs in reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Persons interviewed as part of this project will be asked for 20 minutes of their time to respond to a brief electronic survey containing basic demographic information and the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale -21 (DASS-21) assessment. Nothing else will be required of you. [LD1] If at any time you experience feeling of anxiety, stress, or depression you should contact the member care provider associated with your sending agency, a counselor, physician or other trusted professional.  If you need help identifying and contacting such and individual you may contact the researcher at and he can help you identify such an individual.  

.    You are not expected to experience any foreseeable risks or discomforts. You may choose not to answer any question. 

.    Your participation is expected to be significant to the overall goals of the research project, which is designed to be of assistance to persons caring for returning missionaries and for the missionaries themselves. 

.    All topics discussed in the interview will be strictly confidential. All materials gained will be collated with interviews from other participants. No attributed or attributable quotations will be used in the research report. 

.    Participation in this project is strictly voluntary. The researcher is pursuing this research in a purely personal capacity. No personal information will be shared with any other organizations. 

NOTE: By checking the box below, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the conditions stated above, that you have chosen to participate in this research free of any form of coercion, and that you release your right to review information you provide for this study.

If you feel that the research does not follow the stated protocol or you have questions about the protocol and your rights as a research subject, you may contact Dr. Rhonda Pruitt, project advisor, at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina, USA,, (803) 807-5347.


Researcher Contact Information: William Finnell


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