Facebook and Relationship Intimacy Among Young Adults

 
1. Informed Consent for Anonymous Participation

Facebook and Intimacy in Young Adults

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
ONE UNIVERSITY DRIVE
ORANGE, CA 92866

PRIMARY INVESTIGATOR(S): Fran C. Dickson, Ph.D.

CO-INVESTIGATOR: Danielle Scott, Megan Blanco, Claire Crade, Jamal Grime, Danielle Van der Reest

I have been asked to participate in a study that examines the communication patterns of Facebook users who share close relationships in their lives outside of the social media platform. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete, and the data will contribute to the fulfillment of course objectives as well as a potential academic publication.

I understand that in participating in this study I will retain absolute anonymity from all parties, even the researchers, that there are no questions that can identify, me personally and that my participation is completely anonymous. I also understand that completion of the survey is voluntary and that I may stop participating in this study at any time for any reason. I understand that data collected for this study may be published.
I understand that:
• There are no foreseeable risks associated with completing the following survey.
• There is no direct benefit to participating in this study and I will not be compensated for my time.
• Any questions I have concerning my participating in this study will be answered by Dr. Fran Dickson; phone: 714.532.7788 email: fdickson@chapman.edu
• I may refuse to participate or may withdraw from this study at any time without negative consequences. Also, the investigator may stop the study at any time.
• If I have any questions, comments or concerns about the study or the informed consent process, I may write or call the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration/IRB Administration, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866; Telephone (714) 628-7392.



RESEARCH PARTICIPANT’S BILL of RIGHTS for SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH

Any person who is requested to consent to participate as a subject in a research survey, test or experiment has the following rights:

1. To be told what the study is attempting to discover.

2. To be told about any potential risks or discomforts of the things that may happen to him/her during the research activity.

3. To be told if he/she can expect any benefit from participating and, if so, what the benefits might be.

4. To be told what other choices he/she has to participating in research (i.e., additional non-research options for extra credit, etc.)

5. To be allowed to ask any questions concerning the study both before agreeing to be involved and during the course of the study.

6. To be told the extent, if any, to which confidentiality of records identifying the subject will be maintained.

7. To refuse to participate at all before or after the study is started without any penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled.

8. To receive a copy of the signed and dated consent form.

9. To be free of pressures when considering whether he/she wishes to agree to be in the study.

If at any time there are questions regarding the research study, the investigators listed on the consent form will answer them. For questions regarding research subject rights please contact the Chapman University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration/IRB Administration which oversees the protection of volunteers in research. The Chapman University Institutional Review Board Office may be contacted either by telephone at (714) 628-7392 or by writing to the Chancellor, Office of Academic Affairs, Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866.

I have read to the above and understand it and hereby consent the procedures set forth.
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