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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education
Research Participant Information and Consent
Title of the Study: Attachment, Hope, Work and Participation for Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury: a Structural Equation Modeling Analysis

Principal Investigator: Professor David Rosenthal (608-263-5941; drosenthal@education.wisc.edu)
Student Researcher: John Blake (608-263-5941; jpblake@wisc.edu)

DESCRIPTION OF THE RESEARCH

You are cordially invited to participate in a research study about the employment situations of individuals with Spinal Cord Injury. The research is being conducted by John Blake as a part of his doctoral study in rehabilitation psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under the supervision of Professor David Rosenthal.

The purpose of this study is to learn about employment and community participation for people with spinal cord injury. Results from our study may help improve employment and rehabilitation services for people with spinal cord injury. Results from our study will be saved and may be used in separate, additional research projects.

We are very interested in your experiences and perspectives related to employment, as indicated by your responses on the questionnaires. You are eligible to participate in the study if you are an individual with a spinal cord injury over the age of 18 and can read at a 6th grade level or above.

WHAT WILL MY PARTICIPATION INVOLVE?

We very much hope that you will participate in the study, however, participation is completely voluntary. Also, your responses will be completely confidential as no identifying information is requested on any of the questionnaires. Therefore, no one will know how you have answered any of the items or whether you have chosen to participate.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a series of 10 self-report questionnaires. We hope that you will respond to all items, which will take approximately 30 minutes in total. However, if you find any items to be too personal or objectionable in any way, you are certainly free to skip them. As long as you do not lose your internet browser connection, you should be able to take breaks as you are completing the survey and go backward to change your answers if needed.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS TO ME?

We do not anticipate any risks to you through your participation in this study.

ARE THERE ANY BENEFITS TO ME?

We anticipate no direct benefits to you through participating in this study. However, the results of this study may help improve employment and rehabilitation services for people with spinal cord injury.


HOW WILL MY CONFIDENTIALITY BE PROTECTED?

If you choose to participate, your responses will be completely confidential. Neither your name nor any other identifiable information will be recorded. The dataset will be managed and used only by the investigator and co-investigator of this study. Only group information and aggregated results will be included in any reports from the study.
WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

You may ask any questions about the research at any time. If you have questions about the research, you should contact either the principal investigator (Professor David Rosenthal) or student researcher (John Blake) at the phone numbers or email addresses above. If you are not satisfied with any responses from the research team, have more questions, or want to talk with someone about your rights as a research participant you should contact the Education and Social/Behavioral Science IRB Office at 608-263-2320.

Again, your participation is completely voluntary and confidential. If you decide not to participate or to withdraw from the study, it will have no effect on any services or treatment you are currently receiving or are entitled to. If you choose to participate, please proceed to the survey. Your completed online survey will indicate that you have read and understand the description of what you are being asked to do. And, you voluntarily consent to participate in this research study.

Thank you very much for your time and participation in this study!

Sincerely,
John Blake, MS
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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* I have read the above information and I would like to participate in the study.

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