INFORMATION SHEET

You are being invited to participate in a project being conducted by the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. The aim of this project is to examine how older adults socially interact with their community, friends, and family both online and offline, and how online social interaction is associated with feeling social.

Why am I being invited to participate?
Adults aged 65 and older and currently living in Australia have been approached to participate in this study.

What does the study involve?
If you decide to take part in this research project, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The first page of this survey will ask your age, whether you live in Australia, and whether you use a computer, smartphone, or tablet to communicate with friends and family. This will determine if you are eligible to take part. Completing the full questionnaire will take up to 40 minutes. You can stop the survey at any time and return via the survey link.

What are the potential benefits of participation?
Although you may not benefit from this project directly, we are hoping that this research will help us understand how older adults are using technology to communicate.

Are there any risks associated with participation?
We do not anticipate there to be any risks associated with participation, however if you begin to feel uncomfortable or upset upon completing the survey, you should exit the survey. A list of available mental health support services and associated contact details is provided at the end of this survey.

Can I withdraw from the project?
You can withdraw from this study at any time, as participation is completely voluntary. By exiting the survey window without completing you are withdrawing from the project, although some data already entered may be retained by the researchers.

What will happen to my information?
All of the information you provide will be deidentified so that only the researchers involved in the project will be able to connect you with the data. The data will be stored on a secure computer drive within The University of Adelaide, and the information needed to reidentify your data will not be made available to any person other than the researchers.

Future research will build upon the information you provide in this survey. You may provide an email address if you wish to receive a summary of the general findings and/or are willing to be contacted for future research in this area.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the project?
If you have any questions about the research, please contact Dr Diana Dorstyn, email: diana.dorstyn@adelaide.edu.au, phone: +61 8 8313 0649.

What if I have a complaint or any concerns?
This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Subcommittee in the School of Psychology at The University of Adelaide (approval number H1891) and will be conducted according to the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).

If you have any questions or problems associated with the practical aspects of your participation in the project, or wish to raise a concern or complaint about the project, then please contact the Principal Investigator Dr Diana Dorstyn (diana.dorstyn@adelaide.edu.au, phone: +61 8 8313 0649). If you wish to speak with an independent person regarding concerns or a complaint, please contact Professor Paul Delfabbro by phone: +61 8 8313 4936, email: paul.delfabbro@adelaide.edu.au, or post: Level 5, Hughes Building, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, ADELAIDE SA 5005.

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