Research Approved by
Research Approved by New York University,
University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects, HS#10-0187, Date: 10/03/2011

Statement to Subjects & Informed Consent Form

Dear Participant, you are invited to take part in a research study on pornography. This study is headed by Dr. Chyng Sun, Clinical Associate Professor at the McGhee Division, School of Continuing & Professional Studies, New York University. One of the co-researchers is Nicola Steffen, a Postdoc based in Bradford, who will conduct the survey in the UK. Participation in this study is open to heterosexual males and females above the age of 18yrs. This research aims to understand human sexuality issues.

Confidentiality: This research is an anonymous survey through a web-based survey company, Surveymonkey. Surveymonkey will allow us to provide a web-link that will not track the name or email addresses of the participants, and will not save the IP addresses of the participants. Furthermore, Surveymonkey employs daily independent audits of security measures, firewalls, and disk redundancy to ensure that data are secure and private.

Procedure: The survey includes multiple choice questions, along with a few questions that require a written answer. *If you are not interested in participating, simply ignore this letter. *Please answer all questions carefully and honestly. *This survey will take you about 15 minutes.

Risks and Benefits:

Risks: There are no known risks associated with your participation in this research beyond those of everyday life. However, there is sexually explicit language throughout the survey and some items ask you of your sexual interests and behaviours. So, you may feel uncomfortable while answering the questions. You may skip or not answer any questions you prefer not to answer and/or to discontinue your participation without penalty.

Benefits: You will have the opportunity to take part in a raffle to win a prize (1 x $100 cash and 2 x $65 cash). After you finish answering the survey, you will be directed to a form where you will leave your email address – this will allow us to randomly draw the winners for the prizes when the survey is completed. It should be noted that we will not be able to link the respondents’ email addresses to the surveys that they answer. Thus, the anonymity of the respondents will be guaranteed. The winners will then be notified. Your participation will also make an important contribution to the understanding of people’s sexual attitudes and behaviours.

Voluntary Participation: You may refuse to participate or withdraw at any time without penalty by simply leaving the site. You also have the right to skip any questions you prefer not to answer.

If there is anything about the study or your participation that is unclear or not understandable, if you have questions, or if you wish to report a research-related problem, you may contact:

Chyng Sun, PhD
726 Broadway, #669
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 992-9147

Nicola Steffen

For questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects, New York University, 665 Broadway, Suite 804, New York, NY 10012 at or (212) 998-4808.

* If you don’t consent, please leave the site by closing the internet browser. Thanks.

* Please read below and click on the button if you agree to continue your participation in this study.

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* Please read below and click on the button if you agree to continue your participation in this study.  

I have read the description, the procedures to be used, the potential risks and side effects, the confidentiality guaranteed, as well as the option and freedom to discontinue my participation at any time. By clicking on the “consent” button below, I indicate that I freely agree to participate in this survey study.

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