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.
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.