Does 'Internet Addiction' exist, and if so, what is it?

1. Participant Information

 
QUT Ethics Approval Number 1100001455
RESEARCH TEAM CONTACTS:
School of Psychology and Counselling, Faculty of Health, QUT
Tania McMahon – Principal Researcher
(07) 3138 0048
tc.mcmahon@connect.qut.edu.au
Professor David Kavanagh – Supervisor
(07) 3138 6143
david.kavanagh@qut.edu.au
DESCRIPTION
This survey is part of a Professional Doctorate research project for Tania McMahon.
The purpose of this project is to better understand the different features associated with excessive internet use (i.e., spending too much time online). It is hoped that this information may help the researchers develop a specific set of criteria for the disorder, if there is evidence to show it exists.

You are invited to participate in this project because the research team is looking for individuals aged 16 and over who speak fluent English and consider themselves to have MILD TO SEVERE PROBLEMS with their internet use, and you have identified yourself as falling within this category.


PARTICIPATION
Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you agree to participate, you can withdraw without comment or penalty simply by leaving the online survey or informing the Principal Researcher. Any identifiable information already obtained from you will be destroyed. Your decision to participate, or not participate, will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT.

Your participation will involve a brief online survey that will take approximately 5 minutes of your time. Questions will be similar to 'How would you rate your problems with internet use?' and 'Where do you access the internet'?.

BENEFITS
It is expected that this survey will not directly benefit you. However, it may benefit the wider community through the gaining of better knowledge and understanding of whether or not internet addiction exists.

RISKS
There are minimal risks associated with your participation in this project. These include some discomfort, uneasiness or distress when considering problems that are caused by your internet use, and any other associated problems. If you wish to discuss any issues that arise during the study, you may speak directly with the Principal Researcher (contact details below). Otherwise, you may also call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
QUT provides for limited free counselling for research participants of QUT projects who may experience discomfort or distress as a result of their participation in the research. Should you wish to access this service please contact the Clinic Receptionist of the QUT Psychology Clinic on 3138 0999. Please indicate to the receptionist that you are a research participant.


PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
All comments and responses are anonymous and will be treated confidentially. Your information will be stored securely as per QUT’s Management of Research Data policy.

CONCERNS/COMPLAINTS
If have any questions or require any further information please contact one of the research team members (details at the top). QUT is committed to research integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects. However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Unit on 3138 5123 or email ethicscontact@qut.edu.au. The QUT Research Ethics Unit is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner.
CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE

By agreeing to participate, you are saying that you:
1. Have read and understood the information about this research.
2. Understand that if you have any questions about the research you can contact the research team.
3. Understand that you are free to withdraw without comment or penalty.
4. Understand that you can contact the Research Ethics Unit on (07) 3138 5123 or email ethicscontact@qut.edu.au if you have concerns about the ethical conduct of the project.

This consent form is the first part of the survey. By selecting ‘I would like to participate in the research’, you will be taken to the first page of survey questions.
If you select ‘I DO NOT consent to the research’, this will terminate your participation and redirect you to the QUT homepage.
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