1. Plain Language Information Statement

 Dear Participant,

We are currently seeking individuals aged 18 years and over who are currently studying at university to participate in research being conducted by Tarryn Harris, a fourth year Honours student in Psychology, under the supervision of Dr Kate Moore in the Faculty of Health at Federation University Australia. In this study we will examine factors that affect hassle ratings, which are the minor irritations that can affect us on a daily or weekly basis, in university students. The research is intended to help us learn more about factors that affect the ratings of hassles.

You are invited to participate in this study. Should you agree to do so, you will be asked to provide some demographic information, including your age, gender and area of study. You will then be asked to fill out some questionnaires that will assess your satisfaction with university life (e.g., In most ways my life at university is close to my ideal), whether you believe you or others have control over circumstances (e.g., Whether or not I get to be a leader depends mostly on my ability), your sense of self-efficacy (e.g., How confident are you in taking well-organised notes during a lecture?), and whether or not you have experiences hassles (e.g., How bothered have you been by academic deadlines?), and how severe this experience was for you. It is anticipated that completion of this questionnaire will take about 20-25 minutes of your time. 

Participation in this study is voluntary and you have the right to discontinue your participation at any time without an explanation by simply closing your web browser. You are free to choose not to answer any questions. Please note however, as this study is anonymous, once you have submitted the questionnaire, removal from the study will not be possible as it will not be possible to identify individual questionnaires. Furthermore your submission of the completed questionnaire will be deemed to be your informed consent to participate.

The responses that are collected from the completion of the questionnaires will form a large database where only group data will be reported. Only the listed researchers will have access to the data. Should a publication arise from this research your confidentiality is assured as there is no identifiable information collected. 

It is unlikely that you will experience any distress or discomfort as a result of participation in this study. If this does occur, please contact Lifeline (13 11 14) or your GP. If you are a Federation University student, you also have access to counselling services (5327 9470).

Results of this study will be released in November, 2016. If you would like a summary of the results after this time, email Dr Kate Moore for arrangements.

Thank you for considering participating in this study.
If you have any questions, or you would like further information regarding the project titled Hassles in University Students: The Impact of Locus of Control, Self-Efficacy and University Satisfaction, please contact the Principal Researcher, Dr. Kate Moore of the School of Health

PH: (03)51228922

EMAIL: k.moore@federation.edu.au
Should you (i.e. the participant) have any concerns about the ethical conduct of this research project, please contact the Federation University Ethics Officers, Research Services, Federation University Australia,

P O Box 663 Mt Helen Vic 3353 or Northways Rd, Churchill Vic 3842.

Telephone:  (03)  5327 9765,  (03) 5122 6446

Email: research.ethics@federation.edu.au


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