1. Consent form

Please read the terms of participation below before taking part in this web-based study.

Click on the "I Agree" button at the bottom of the page if you fully agree with the statements and freely consent to participate in the study (Informed Consent).

This is a web-based study designed to find out more about the association between spirituality, personality and subjective well-being.

The study is being conducted by Dr. Human-Friedrich Unterrainer, Department of Psychology, Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria in collaboration with Heythrop College (University of London), United Kingdom.

It has been approved by the Heythrop Ethics Review Board (University of London, contact: joanna.collicutt@heythrop.ac.uk).

The study involves no more than minimal risk to participants and contains no deception.

It takes approx. 25 minutes to take part in the study.

The participation is strictly anonymous.

The task requires a participant to answer a series of questions concerning religious/spiritual and personality topics.

Furthermore, keep the following in mind:


1. All responses are treated as strictly confidential. Plus, no participant's results will be presented individually but rather in aggregate form.

2. This web-based experiment does not incorporate the use of a "secure" http like that used by banks or Paypal. Rather, a typical http is used, and therefore there is a small chance that data maybe viewed by a third party.

3. There is a section included in this study which has indicated that (so far) most of the participants that answer this questionnaire find it very interesting, there have be (as yet) no complaints and no feels of increased stress. However, if you are under-going a difficult life situation at the moment it might be preferable not to take part in this study.

4. Participation in this study is voluntary and there will be no monetary compensation. A refusal to take part will not lead to an individual being penalised in any way, and all participants have the right to withdraw themselves and their data from the study at any time.

If participants have further questions about this study or their rights, or if they wish to lodge a complaint or concern, they may contact the principal investigator, Oliver Nelson, BA Psychology and Philosophy, at oliver.nelson@heythropcollege.ac.uk, or Human F. Unterrainer, PhD Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Graz, Austria, at human.unterrainer@uni-graz.at

If you understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study, click on the "I Agree" button to begin the experiment.


Copyright © 2005 by Human F. Unterrainer

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