Information Statement

Chief Investigator:
Ms Rabia Tanveer
BPsych Hons Candidate
School of Psychology
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW, Australia.

Dr Danielle Sulikowski
School of Psychology
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW, Australia
P: 02 6338 4778

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the traits that people find desirable in a potential long-term partner. Participation is open to anybody aged 18 and over.

Participation should take no longer than 15 minutes and involves completing an online survey where you will answer questions about your own perceived attractiveness and about the qualities you would like in a long-term partner. You will also be asked some brief demographic questions, about your age, sex, sexual orientation, education, and employment status.

There is no payment or reward for participating in this study.

The data collected will be presented in Ms Rabia Tanveer’s Honours Dissertation, and may also be presented at academic conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals. 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 stored on password protected computers,, and only the investigators named in this statement will have access to it. Should the findings of the study be published, summary data (sufficient to verify the reported findings) will be stored in a public repository and indexed on Australian National Database Service. You will not be able to e 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 not 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 indicating your informed consent to participate in this study. By completing this study and submitting your data at the end you are indicating your consent for us to use your data. You may withdraw from the study at any time by closing your browser window. If you do withdraw from this study prior to its completion, we will consider you to have also withdrawn your consent for us to use your data and it will be deleted.

If you would like to receive a summary of the findings, you can do so by contacting the student researcher named above, after 9th October 2017. If you wish to keep a copy of the information statement you can use your browser’s print or save functions to do this.

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 Charles Sturt University 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:

The Executive Officer Human Research Ethics Committee
Office of Academic Governance
Charles Sturt University
Panorama Avenue Bathurst NSW 2795
Tel: (02) 6338 4628

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

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