1. Participation Agreement

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We are conducting a research study on the influence of relational grace or gratitude in personal relationships. As part of the research, we have set up a survey which will evaluate relational grace/gratitude in individuals based on responses to the survey items. Your perspective has much to contribute to this research, and we hope you will take a moment to consider participating. The entire survey will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete, and it is completely confidential. Before you can take the survey, you will need to read and agree to the terms of the survey outlined in the informed consent form. This study has been approved by the Regent University School of Psychology and Counseling, Human Subjects Review Committee.

Please consider forwarding this invitation to others who may be interested in participating in our study. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding this study.
PROJECT TITLE: The Global Relational Attitudes Conflict Exam (GRACE) Scale- An Exploratory Factor Analysis

The purposes of this form are to give you information that may affect your decision whether to say YES or NO to participation in this research, and to record the consent of those who say YES. This is a study that seeks to explore the influence of relational grace/gratitude in personal relationships. Participants will be asked to complete a brief survey questionnaire by responding to an internet survey instrument.

Joseph Cook, M.A., (Responsible Primary Investigator)
Doctoral Candidate at Regent University Counselor and Education & Supervision Ph.D. Program.

James Sells, Ph.D. (Faculty Chair and Co-Investigator)
Professor, Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling

Several studies have been conducted looking into the influence of gratitude in personal relationships. This study will attempt to validate an assessment (GRACE Scale) that has been developed to measure relational grace/gratitude in personal relationships. Assessment instruments, whole or in part, that seek to confirm and contrast factors of grace/gratitude in an individual will be administered, and the results will be evaluated using exploratory factor analysis. These assessments include the Gratitude Questionnaire, the Appreciation Inventory, the Interpersonal Relationship Resolution Scale, the Vengeance Scale, and the Hostile Automatic Thoughts Scale. The research will provide for counselors and therapists greater insight into the influence of relational grace/gratitude on personal relationships, and move researchers a step closer to providing a validated assessment of relational grace for use with individuals.

If you decide to participate, then you will be asked to complete an online survey questionnaire, which should take 15 to 20 minutes. The data collected from the survey will be analyzed to validate the GRACE scale assessment.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

RISKS: There are no foreseeable risks related to this study. Should you experience any emotional discomfort or distress, please feel free to discontinue the survey and seek assistance should you feel the need to process any discomfort that emerges. As with any research, there is some possibility that you may be subject to risks that have not yet been identified.

BENEFITS: Participants in this research may benefit by gaining deeper insight into the role of relational grace in personal relationships. Results from this study will also contribute to the body of research on the subject of relational grace, and the assessments that may help to measure it.
The researchers are unable to give you any payment for participating in this study, and there is no cost to participate in the study.

If the researchers find new information during this study that would reasonably change your decision about participating, then they will give it to you.

No personally identifiable information will be collected other than certain generic demographic information. All information obtained about you in this study is strictly confidential unless disclosure is required by law. The results of this study may be used in reports, presentations and publications, but the researcher will not identify you. Your data will be aggregated with the data of other participants.

It is OK for you to say NO. Even if you say YES now, you are free to say NO later, and walk away or withdraw from the study at any time.

If you say YES, then your consent in this document does not waive any of your legal rights. However, in the event of harm arising from this study, neither Regent University nor the researchers are able to give you any money, insurance coverage, free medical care, or any other compensation for such injury. In the event that you suffer injury as a result of participation in this research project, you may contact Joseph Cook at 214-333-5787, or Dr. Lee Underwood, current HSRC chair at 757-352-4461, who will be glad to review the matter with you.

This research project has been approved by the Human Subjects Review Committee of the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University.

By clicking YES, I AGREE TO PARTICIPATE, you are saying several things. You are saying that you have read this form or have had it read to you, that you are satisfied that you understand this form, the research study, and its risks and benefits. The researchers should have answered any questions you may have had about the research. If you have any questions later on, then the researchers should be able to answer them:

Joseph Cook, M.A. PhD Candidate 214.333.5787
Dr. Jim Sells, PhD. 757.352.4368

If at any time you feel pressured to participate, or if you have any questions about your rights or this form, then you should call Dr. Lee Underwood, the current HSRC chair, 757-352-4461.

* 1. And importantly, by clicking YES, you are telling the researcher YES, that you agree to participate in this study.

1. I have read and understand the above description of this study. I hereby acknowledge the above and give my voluntary consent for participation in this study.
2. I understand that I am being asked to complete an online survey questionnaire.
3. I also understand that if I participate, I may withdraw at any time without penalty.
4. I also understand that I must be 18 years or older in order to participate in this study.

Your signature on the printed survey or your clicking YES on the internet survey indicates your consent to be part of this study.