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Informed-Informational Document about Research

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: Perceptions of Social Group Attitudes
Principal Investigator: Amanda Johnston, Ph.D.
Student Researcher: Shelby Terral

Purpose of the study
The purpose of this research is to collect information about the perceptions of the attitudes of various social groups. 

Procedures
The research procedures are as follows: you will complete questionnaires regarding your attitudes or your perceptions of the attitudes of various social groups. 

Expected duration
The total anticipated time commitment will be no more than 30 minutes.

Risks of participation
During actual internet communication procedures or accessing an unprotected wireless system, there is a possible risk of breach of confidentiality or data security.

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 how the perceptions of the attitudes of various social groups differ depending on the social groups being examined.

Confidentiality of records
Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of your study records. For online participation, your confidentiality will be kept to the degree permitted by the technology being used. No guarantees can be made regarding the interception of data via the internet or email. The data collected from the study will be used for educational and publication purposes, however, you will not be identified by name. Internet administration will be set so that computer IP address logs will be deleted. Participant's data for this research project will be maintained and safeguarded on a password-protected database by Dr. Amanda Johnston 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 to be offered for participation in the study. 

Contact information for questions or problems
If you have additional questions during the course of this study about the research or any related problem, you may contact the principal investigator, Dr. Amanda Johnston, at phone number 281-283-3393. 

Your voluntary participation in this research project is indicated by selecting the appropriate button that indicates that you agree to participate in the study. You will not be able to proceed with the study until this has been completed. 

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)