Informed Consent to Participate

You are being asked to participate in the research project described below. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you may refuse to participate, or you may decide to stop your participation at any time. Should you refuse to participate in the study or should you withdraw your consent and stop participation in the study, your decision will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which you may be otherwise entitled. You are being asked to read the information below carefully and ask questions about anything you don’t understand before deciding whether or not to participate.

Title: Intimacy in the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum

Student Investigator(s): Sonia Singh, Lindsey Knott
Faculty Sponsor: Chad Wetterneck, Ph.D.

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this research is to assess problematic areas of intimacy in individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive (OC) spectrum disorders that may be helpful to identify for therapy.

PROCEDURES
The research procedures are as follows: You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire online including information regarding demographic history, OC-Spectrum symptom severity and presentation, quality of life, feelings of shame, interpersonal interactions, and intimacy.

EXPECTED DURATION
The total anticipated time commitment will be approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete.

RISKS OF PARTICIPATION
There are no anticipated risks associated with participation in this project; however, you may feel uncomfortable with the sensitive nature of the questions. Should you decide you are uncomfortable with answering the questions during the study, you can stop your participation at any time by simply closing the browser window.


BENEFITS TO THE SUBJECT
There is no direct benefit received from your participation in this study, but your participation will help the investigator(s) better understand the relationship between intimacy and OC-spectrum disorders

CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS
Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of your study records. The data collected from the study will be used for educational and publication purposes, however, you will not be identified by name. For federal audit purposes, the participant’s documentation for this research project will be maintained and safeguarded by the Faculty Sponsor, Chad Wetterneck, for a minimum of three years after completion of the study. After that time, the participant’s documentation may be destroyed.
FINANCIAL COMPENSATION
There is no financial compensation offered for participating in the study.
INVESTIGATOR’S RIGHT TO WITHDRAW PARTICIPANT
The investigator has the right to withdraw you from this study at any time.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS
The investigator has offered to answer all your questions. If you have additional questions during the course of this study about the research or any related problem, you may contact the Faculty Sponsor, Chad Wetterneck, Ph.D., at phone number 281-283-3364 or by email at wetterneck@uhcl.edu.

Your voluntary participation is indicated by completing the survey. Your responses are to remain anonymous, and you may cease your participation at any time by closing your browser. Such participation does not release the investigator(s), institution(s), sponsor(s) or granting agency(ies) from their professional and ethical responsibility to you.



THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-CLEAR LAKE (UHCL) COMMITTEE FOR PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS HAS REVIEWED AND APPROVED THIS PROJECT. ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR RIGHTS AS A RESEARCH SUBJECT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO THE UHCL COMMITTEE FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS (281-283-3015). ALL RESEARCH PROJECTS THAT ARE CARRIED OUT BY INVESTIGATORS AT UHCL ARE GOVERNED BY REQUIREMENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. (FEDERALWIDE ASSURANCE # FWA00004068)

I have read the above statement, am 18 years of age or older, and I give my consent to participate in the study:

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* 1. I have read the above statement, am 18 years of age or older, and I give my consent to participate in the study:

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