You are invited to take part in a research study of relationship types, trust, and condom use. You will complete questionnaires regarding three different types of relationships: committed romantic relationships, casual sex, and friends with benefits relationships. For each of these types of relationships you may have had you will be asked to rate the trust level for the relationship and condom use frequency. The researcher is inviting adults over the age of 18 who have had any of the three types of relationships to be in the study. This form is part of a process called “informed consent” to allow you to understand this study before deciding whether to take part.
This study is being conducted by a researcher named Jennifer Mathews, who is a doctoral student at Walden University. You may already know the researcher as a Senior Clinical Trial Specialist at RPS, but this study is separate from that role.
The purpose of this study is to determine if condom use and trust levels differ by relationship type.
If you agree to be in this study, you will be asked to:
• Complete a set of questionnaires regarding your relationships, trust levels, and condom use habits. Your participation in this study should take between 10 and 20 minutes.
Here are some sample questions:
• For this relationship, how often would you say you use(d) condoms: never, sometimes, always.
• For this relationship, how would you rate your agreement on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 = "Very Strongly Agree", 4 = "Neutral", and 7 = "Very Strongly Disagree" with the following item: "My partner treats me fairly and justly"
Voluntary Nature of the Study:
This study is voluntary. Everyone will respect your decision of whether or not you choose to be in the study. No one will treat you differently if you decide not to be in the study. If you decide to join the study now, you can still change your mind during the study. You may stop at any time. Because this study will be done anonymously, it will not be possible to remove your questionnaire after it has been submitted.
Risks and Benefits of Being in the Study:
Being in this type of study involves some risk of the minor discomforts that can be encountered in daily life, such as fatigue or becoming upset. Being in this study would not pose risk to your safety or wellbeing.
The potential benefit to this study is knowing that you are contributing to a scientific examination of friends with benefits relationships, a field that has not been explored in depth.
Recalling past relationships could cause some participants to be stressed or anxious. If you are a resident of the United States you may call the National Crisis Center Hotline phone number to be connected to a counselor with no cost to you 1-800-784-2433. If you live outside of the United States you may contact the following website, input your country, and be directed to a free counselor: http://www.befrienders.org.
You will not be paid for your participation in this study.
Any information you provide will be kept anonymous. The researcher will not use your personal information for any purposes outside of this research project. Also, the researcher will not include your name or anything else that could identify you in the study reports. Data will be kept secure by not attaching your name to your answers and by keeping the study data in only the computer of the researcher. Data will be kept for a period of at least 5 years, as required by the university.