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Informed Consent to Participate in Research

You are being invited to participate in a research project being conducted by Chad Wetterneck, PhD, clinical psychology faculty at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you may refuse to participate or decide to stop your participation at any time. Should you refuse to participate in the study, withdraw your consent, and/or stop participation in the study, your decision will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which you may be otherwise entitled. If you chose to participate, you will be one of approximately 1000 people who will participate in this survey.

Title: Treatment Expectancies and Acceptability
Principal Investigator(s): Chad Wetterneck, PhD
Student Investigator (s): Angela J. Burgess, MA, Angela H. Smith, BA, Maritza E. Cervantes, BS, and Jenny Minarcik, BA

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this research is to explore perceptions of therapy and how the presentation of treatment rationales (descriptions of what therapy involves) may impact therapy acceptability and expectations about therapy.

PROCEDURES
You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire including information regarding demographic history, experience of anxiety symptoms, and feelings about your thoughts. You will then be asked to read a short paragraph describing some common situations in which individuals become anxious and asked to imagine that you have a similar issue. You will then fill out questionnaires on your beliefs about therapy and read a short description of a commonly used form of therapy, which will be followed by additional questions regarding your beliefs about therapy and perception of the therapy you were presented with. Some of the questions will be asked may be personal and sensitive. For example, you will be asked whether you have ever been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and if so what it was. You will also be asked about your current symptoms of anxiety.

Other examples of questions you will be asked include:
• In the past two weeks, have you been feeling dissatisfied with life?
• I prefer my life to be filled with puzzles that I must solve. (Rate your agreement with this statement.)

All of your information will be anonymous, you will not be asked for personal identifying information in order to participate. Any contact information provided for follow-up participation, extra credit in courses, or the prize drawing will be stored separately from responses provided during the study.
UHCL student participants who are participating online or in-person may choose to (a) receive extra credit in a UHCL psychology course (if allowed by the course) or (b) submit their email address for a $50 raffle prize drawing determined at the completion of the recruitment. Your name will be needed if you choose to receive extra credit in a UHCL psychology course. If you are a winner for one of the cash prizes, an email will be sent requesting a mailing address in which prize monies can be sent. Your name and email address will not be linked to any responses provided during the study.

Online, non-UHCL student participants may choose to participate in a $50 raffle prize drawing determined at the completion of the recruitment. For the prize drawing, an email address is needed. If you are a winner for one of the cash prizes, an email will be sent requesting a mailing address in which prize monies can be sent. Email addresses will not be linked to any responses provided during the study.

EXPECTED DURATION
The total anticipated time commitment will be approximately twenty minutes to fill out the questionnaires.

RISKS OF PARTICIPATION
There are no anticipated risks associated with participation in this project. However, you may feel uncomfortable with the sensitive nature of the questions. Should you decide you are uncomfortable with answering the questions during the study, you can stop your participation at any time. Online participants can simply close the browser window that the study is in to end study participation.

BENEFITS TO THE SUBJECT
You will not receive any direct benefit from your participation, unless you win a cash prize. Your participation will also help the investigators explore perceptions of therapy and how the presentation of treatment rationales (descriptions of what therapy involves) may impact therapy acceptability and expectations about therapy.

CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS
Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of your study records. The data collected from the study will be used for educational and publication purposes only. Identifying information will not be requested unless you choose to participate in the prize raffle. Any information obtained to send prize monies to participants will not be in any way linked to your responses to study questionnaires. Participation in the study can be completely anonymous if the participant chooses not submit an email address for the cash prize contest or provide contact information for extra credit. If the participant chooses to participate in the drawing, their email address will be stored separately from all data and the data will not be linked in any way to email addresses submitted. Participant’s documentation for this research project will be maintained and safeguarded by Chad Wetterneck, PhD for a minimum of three years after completion of the study, after which time, the data may be destroyed.

FINANCIAL COMPENSATION
Participants will be selected at random to win a fifty-dollar cash prize. Those who wish to be included in this drawing will be asked to provide an email address so that the winners can be contacted to arrange for the prizes to be delivered.

INVESTIGATOR’S RIGHT TO WITHDRAW PARTICIPANT
The investigator has the right to withdraw you from this study at any time.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS
If you have additional questions during the course of this study about the research or any related problem, you may contact the investigators, Chad Wetterneck, PhD at 281-283-3364 or by email at wetterneck@uhcl.edu.


THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-CLEAR LAKE (UHCL) COMMITTEE FOR PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS HAS REVIEWED AND APPROVED THIS PROJECT. ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR RIGHTS AS A RESEARCH SUBJECT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO THE UHCL COMMITTEE FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS (281-283-3015). ALL RESEARCH PROJECTS THAT ARE CARRIED OUT BY INVESTIGATORS AT UHCL ARE GOVERNED BY REQUIREMEN

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* 1. 1. Please indicate below whether you understand the consent and would like to participate in the study. If you do not want to participate, please close this browser window, or press the back button to exit the survey.

 

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