1. Consent to Participate

* 1. Dear Participant,

You are invited to take part in a research study by Seattle Pacific University students. The purpose of this study is to see how you relate to your loved ones who use alcohol.

If you agree to be in the study, you will complete a series of three surveys about you and your loved one. The first survey will ask you about how you feel about your loved one’s alcohol use. The second survey will ask you more general questions about yourself and how you view the world. The final survey will ask you questions about what you do when your loved one drinks.

It should take you about 20-30 minutes to complete all three surveys. You don’t have to participate in this study if you do not want to. Also, you can stop answering questions at any time. You can also skip any questions you do not want to answer.

This study does not have any risks that are beyond those you would find in everyday life. This project will help us understand people’s experiences in relationships and alcohol use.

Your answers are anonymous. You will not be asked for your name in this study. No one but the research team will have access to your answers, which will be stored on password protected computers behind locked doors.

If you have questions at any time about the study, you may contact the Principal Investigator, Jenell Effinger, at effinj@spu.edu, or the faculty sponsor, Dr. Dave Stewart, at davidste@spu.edu.

This research study has been reviewed and approved by the SPU Institutional Review Board (IRB #091002018: valid through 11/23/2011). Questions or concerns about research participants' rights may be directed to the SPU IRB office. The phone number is 206-281.2201 or you can email them at irb@spu.edu.

Jenell M. Effinger
Principle Investigator

I am at least 18 years of age and completing this survey is my informed consent.