Informed Consent

Title: Children and the Legal System

Investigators: Shannon Porter, Principle Investigator; Evan Harrington, Ph.D., Research Supervisor

We are asking you to participate in a research study. Please take your time to read the information below before you agree to participate.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine how potential jurors view children involved in alleged cases of child sexual abuse.

Procedures: By checking "yes," you are consenting to participate in this research study. If you wish to participate, you will first be asked to provide some basic demographic information. You will then be asked to read details from a case involving child molestation. You are to imagine that you have been selected to serve on the jury in this case, and you will be asked to provide your honest opinions about the case based on the information provided. The total duration of your participation is expected to be between 10 and 15 minutes.

Risks to Participation: This study presents a minimal risk to participants. The information included is not graphic; however, it is possible that the sensitive nature of the material could cause some participants to feel uncomfortable (similar to reading about a crime in a newspaper).

Benefits to Participants*: You will not directly benefit from this study; however, the information obtained from this study will benefit researchers, educators, legal professionals, mental health professionals, and society in our understanding of how jurors view those involved in cases of alleged child sexual abuse.

Alternatives to Participation: Participation in this study is voluntary. You may withdraw from study participation at any time without any penalty.

Confidentiality: Minimal personal identifying information will be collected in this study. Basic demographic information (e.g., age, sex, ethnicity, education history, political orientation, and whether or not you have children) will be collected, but you will not be identifiable from this information. Per APA guidelines, research materials will be kept for a minimum of five years after the completion of the study.

Questions/Concerns: Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the study or your participation, you may contact the researcher, Shannon Porter, at or the research supervisor, Evan Harrington, at

This study has been approved by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Institutional Review Board. If you have questions concerning your rights in this research study, you may contact the IRB, which is concerned with the protection of subjects in research projects. You may reach the IRB office Monday-Friday by calling 312.467.2343 or writing: Institutional Review Board, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 325 N. Wells, Chicago, Illinois, 60654.

If you would like to report a case of child abuse, please contact the Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD).

Finally, if you would like to talk to a professional regarding your participation in this study, please contact the APA referral service at 1-800-964-2000 or

1. The research project and the procedures have been described to me, and I agree to participate in this study. I understand that my participation is completely voluntary.