Information and Consent

This survey is part of ongoing exploratory research by the International Anthropomorphic Research Project (IARP) looking at the psychology of furries. We will be collecting information about numerous topics with the hope of gaining a better understanding of various fandoms (including anime, furry, sport). We want to understand more about your experience of being a furry, your fantasy engagement, identity formation, education, and wellbeing, your assessments of other fan groups, and LGBTQ inclusion in fandoms. We will also ask some demographic questions (i.e., age, sexual orientation, education, etc.). This survey is estimated to take approximately 20 minutes. You are free to skip any question for any reason.
 
The survey is anonymous in that it will not ask for your name or other identifying information (e.g., contact information). Collected data will be stored on a password-protected computer for a minimum of seven years. These data, which do not contain any identifying information, will be exchanged between researchers and research assistants. The shared data will be anonymous, and will have no identifying information. We may use anonymous quotations in publications, presentations, and lectures. In keeping with university and funding policies that are continuously evolving, anonymous datasets may be posted to a database repository, made available to the public, and/or made available to a researcher/student at another institution/journal referee who requests the data.
 
This survey uses Survey Monkey (TM), which is an American Company. When information is transmitted over the Internet, privacy cannot be guaranteed. There is always a risk your responses may be intercepted by a third party (e.g., government agencies, hackers). University of Waterloo researchers will not collect or use Internet protocol (IP) addresses or other information which could link your participation to your computer or electronic device without first informing you.
To thank you for your participation in any of our studies, you will have a chance to win an Amazon gift card. To be entered in the draw for one (of up to ten) $25 Amazon.com gift cards, please leave your email with us at www.surveymonkey.com/r/fursciencethankyou. The chances of winning will depend on the number of responses, but we aim to give away 1 gift card for every 300 responses to our studies. In order to be eligible for the gift card draw you will need to submit a valid email address, which will NOT be associated with your responses. We are informing you that for tax purposes, if you are a gift card winner, the amount received is taxable. It is your responsibility to report this amount for income tax purposes.

There are no known risks for participating in this study. It is possible that some questions (e.g., sexual orientation, gender identity, wellbeing) could make you feel some discomfort (e.g., I am “open” or “out” about my gender identity to my network of friends, family, etc.). Please remember that you are free to skip any and all questions in this study and still receive remuneration.
 
There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this research. However, your participation will have the benefit of contributing to our understanding of fandoms, the furry fandom and related anthropomorphic topics, and other kinds of knowledge that will hopefully benefit both the furry community and the field of psychology. Findings from this research will be made available at the International Anthropomorphic Research Project Website at: www.furscience.com/research-findings.

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE# 41026). If you have questions for the Committee contact the Office of Research Ethics, at 1-519-888-4567 ext. 36005 or ore-ceo@uwaterloo.ca.

Thank you for your interest in our research and for your assistance with this project. 

We will keep our study records for a minimum of seven years. All records will be destroyed according to University of Waterloo policy. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr. Sharon E. Roberts serobert@uwaterloo.ca. If you are interested in the study results, feel free to contact us in six months.





If in completing this survey you provide us with specific categories of data such as data about race, ethnic origin, politics, religion, health, sex life, or sexual orientation, then, in some countries, we are obliged by law to ensure that we have obtained your expressed consent to our processing that data. By participating in this survey you are giving your expressed consent to our processing that data.

Thank you in advance for your assistance! Please print a copy of this letter for your records.

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If you are willing to participate in the survey please do so by answering the questions to follow below. By completing this survey you are acknowledging informed consent, including the use of your words as anonymous quotations. By providing your consent, you are not waiving your legal rights or releasing the investigator(s) or involved institution(s) from their legal and professional responsibilities.

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