INFORMED CONSENT FORM

Please read through and answer the questions at the bottom of this form   

What is this about?

You are invited to take part in a study about sexual activity and intimacy on the Internet. You will be asked about yourself (e.g., job, relationship status) and your experiences with sexuality and intimacy online, and your motivations, and evaluations of your sexual and intimate experiences online. You will not be asked questions that identify who you are.

 

Who is doing it?

The study is being conducted by Krystelle Shaughnessy, MSc and PhD Candidate, under the supervision of Sandra Byers, PhD and Professor in the Department of Psychology, at the University of New Brunswick.

 

What will I have to do?

If you choose to participate, you will complete an online questionnaire. We ask that you complete the survey in a private setting and at a time that you will not be distracted. Most people take between 15 and 25 minutes to answer all the questions. If you have to stop part way through the questions, you will be able to leave the survey and save your answers to finish at a later time.

 

What will I get for participating?

You will get a chance to put your name in a prize draw for a $50Cnd VISA gift certificate. The chances of winning are approximately 1 in 40.

 

Why should I participate?

By filling out this questionnaire, you will be giving important information that will help us to better understand the role the Internet plays in people’s sexual well-being.

 

How is this safe for me to do? How do you keep my answers private and confidential?

The registration, survey, and data are stored on a secure server hosted by the University of New Brunswick, Canada. This means that only the researchers and IT specialists that run this research can access your answers. The data will be summarized and grouped in reports – no identifying information will be reported. The information you give to enter the prize draw (completed at the end of the survey) will be stored separately from your personal login, password, and survey data to make sure you stay anonymous. We encourage you to complete the survey in a private setting for your own comfort and to ensure your answers remain confidential as you enter them.

 

What are my rights as a participant in this survey?

Participation in the study is completely voluntary. If at any time you feel you do not want to continue for any reason, you are free to withdraw without penalty. You can also choose not to answer a specific item and continue with the survey. The researchers can only use your data after you click finish at the end of the survey.

 

Why might I not want to do it?

Some people find the questions in this survey sensitive either for themselves or for their relationships. We do not expect that you will feel uncomfortable during the study but sometimes people do. If you are worried about this, please see the frequently asked questions below.

 

We strongly encourage you to try to finish the survey in one sitting but if you cannot, you can use your login and password to finish it at another time.

 

This project is on file with the Research Ethics Board, University of New Brunswick (REB #2011-034). If you have any questions or concerns about your rights or treatment as a participant, you may contact the Chair of the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee, Dr. David Clark (psycethics@unb.ca).

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I confirm that I live in Canada and I am 18 years or older, or I live elsewhere and I am at an age where I can legally consent to participate (at least 21 years in some regions, at least 18+ in some other regions).



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I have read and understood the above information and consent to participating in the survey.



I consent to letting the researchers use my login information to link the answers from this survey to answers to other research surveys I have completed for these researchers in the past or will complete in the future.


We ask permission to link your data between studies because it is important and useful to know how individuals have responded to questions in one study also respond to related questions in another study. We link data by using your username to attach your answers from this questionnaire to questionnaires you have already answered in the past. We only have access to questionnaires that Krystelle Shaughnessy has conducted under the supervision of Dr. Sandra Byers. Linking data does not compromise anonymity or confidentiality in any way.


Frequently Asked Questions

What if I become upset by the questions?
What if I run out of time or am interrupted while I'm filling out the survey?
Why do I have to register?
How do you use my login and password?
How can I contact the researcher if I have questions or concerns?