Informed Consent

The purpose of this study is to examine people's experiences with religion and exposure to secondary stress to determine how these areas of a person's life may work together to shape viewpoints about the world, such as one's level of happiness.  As a participant, we will ask you to complete a brief 25-30 minute survey related to these topics. At the end of the survey, we will ask you to provide some demographic information, such as your age, marital status, and racial/ethnic background. 

At the conclusion of the survey, you will be directed to a page where you may enter into a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

The Institutional Review Board of Mount Holyoke College has approved this project for individuals who are 18 or older. The following informed consent explains your rights as a participant. Please read this section so that you understand your rights.

A. Your participation is voluntary. 

B. You may withdraw your consent and discontinue participation in this study at any time. You may also skip questions or decline participation without penalty.

C. The researchers will treat all of the data as strictly confidential. If you provide your name and email address to receive a report of the study's findings, we will not use that information to identify you in the data. To protect the confidentiality of your responses, we collect contact information for raffle entry using a separate survey link. Furthermore, to protect the data, we will store it in a secure password-protected database that will be accessible only to the researchers. 

D. The results of this study will be made part of a final research report and may be used in papers submitted for publication or presented at professional conferences, but under no circumstances will your name or other identifying characteristics be included. 

E. If you have any questions please contact the primary investigators, Sennur Khoso: or Dr. Janelle L. Gagnon: or 413-538-2840. You may also contact Mount Holyoke College's Institutional Review Board at 

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