Information statement

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PROJECT TITLE:          JUST HOW CHALK AND CHEESE ARE WE TALKING HERE? 

Chief Investigator:                                             
Miss Cassandra Rogers                                    
BPsych Hons Candidate                                
School of Psychology                                      
Charles Sturt University                                               
Bathurst, NSW, Australia                                
P: 02 6338 4571
E: cassandra.rogers@live.com.au

Supervisor:
Dr James Schuurmans-Stekhoven
School of Psychology
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW, Australia
P: 02 6338 4571
E: jschuurmans-stekhoven@csu.edu.au             
                  
You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the effects of ideological convictions on subjective prosperity. Participation is open to anybody aged 18 and over, proficient in the English language.

Participation should take no longer than 15 minutes, and involves completing an online survey where you will answer questions on a response scale about convictions relating to ideologies, the self, and prosperity. You will also be asked questions about your personality, some brief demographic questions, about your age, gender, and employment status.
There is no payment or reward for participating in this study.

The data collected will be presented in Miss Cassandra Rogers’ Honours Dissertation, and may also be presented at academic conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals. The data may also be re-analysed in the future by the named investigators as part of future research on the same topic.

Your confidentiality is assured as your data will be stored without reference to your name or other identifying information. 

Following completion of the study, all raw data will be saved on password protected computers where it will be stored securely, and only the investigators named in this statement will have access to it. 

Should the findings of the study be published, summary data (allowing the reported findings to be verified) may be made available in a data repository and indexed at Research Data Australia.  No individual participant will be identified in, or could be identified from, any published report or published dataset from this study.

Participation is anonymous and entirely voluntary. Whether or not you decide to participate is your decision and will not disadvantage you. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw yourself and your data from the project at any time (prior to submitting your data at the end of your participation), without reason or consequence.

Since participation is anonymous, there is no way of identifying your data once it has been submitted. It is therefore not possible to withdraw from the study after you have submitted your data at the end.

By progressing beyond this information statement you are indicating your informed consent to participate in this study. You may withdraw from the study at any time by closing your browser window.

If you wish to ask any questions prior to participating, or to be sent a copy of this information statement, please contact either of the named researchers above.
Note: The Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project you may contact the Committee through the Executive Officer:

Executive Officer
Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee
Tel: +61 2 6365 7977
Email: FOBJBS-FHEC@csu.edu.au

Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.

Approval Number: 200/2017/09, Exp. Date: 27 March 2018

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