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Informed Consent Form
TITLE OF STUDY: An Investigation of the Relation Between Exercise and Anxiety

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS
Anna Gallagher, Dept of Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3; Phone: 1(506) 458-7924; Email: agallag1@unb.ca

Dr. Janine Olthuis, Dept of Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3; Phone: 1(506) 447-3006; Email: jolthuis@unb.ca

NOTE TO THE PARTICIPANT
You are being asked to take part in a research study. Before you decide to participate in this study, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what will be asked of you, should you decide to participate. Please read the following information carefully and ask the researcher if there is anything that is not clear or if you need more information.

PURPOSE OF STUDY
Increasingly, health care providers and organizations are encouraging people to exercise regularly as part of a healthy lifestyle. The number of people who start and stick with exercise programs, however, is low. The purpose of this study is to help understand some reasons why people may or may not exercise. In particular, we are interested in examining the relation between mental health and exercise.

STUDY PROCEDURES
As part of your participation in the current study, you will be asked to fill out a self-report questionnaire which will be administered online via Checkbox survey software, a secure website hosted on UNB servers. In the questionnaire, you will be asked to report some basic demographic information (e.g., age, gender, level of education) and respond to questions about your exercise habits and mental health.

DURATION
The survey is expected to take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

RISKS
We do not anticipate that your participation in this study will pose any serious risk to your safety or wellbeing. You will, however, be asked to reflect upon your mental health, and as such, may be reminded of unpleasant feelings or experiences. With this in mind, you may choose to not answer questions that make you uncomfortable.

BENEFITS
There will be no direct benefit to you, but your participation may help us better understand the relationship between exercise and mental health.  

CONFIDENTIALITY
All of the information you provide during the study will be held in confidence. In fact, your name will appear only on this consent form and will not be linked with your questionnaire responses. Potentially identifying personal information (e.g., your name) will not appear in any report or publication of the research. Data will be safely stored in a locked filing cabinet or on password protected computers and files in Dr. Olthuis’ locked research laboratory, and only research staff will have access to this information. In accordance with guidelines set by the Canadian Psychological Association, data will be kept for up to 7 years and thereafter destroyed.

COMPENSATION
To thank you for your time and effort, you will receive 0.5 bonus points for course credit in Introductory Psychology at the University of New Brunswick.

VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION
Your participation in this study is voluntary. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part in this study. If you decide to take part in this study, you will be asked to sign a consent form. After you sign the consent form, you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. Withdrawing from this study will not affect the relationship you have with the researchers or the University of New Brunswick. Please note, however, that once you submit survey responses, they cannot be removed from the study as we will not be able to identify which survey responses are yours.

CONTACT INFORMATION
If you have questions at any time about this study, you may contact the researcher whose contact information is provided on the first page. If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant that have not been answered by the investigators, you can contact the Chair of the Department of Psychology Research Ethics Committee, Dr. Biljana Stevanovski, at bstevano@unb.ca or 1(506) 458-7693, or the Chair of the University of New Brunswick Research Ethics Committee, Dr. Steven Turner, at ethics@unb.ca or 1(506) 453-5189.

CONSENT
I have read and I understand the provided information and have had the opportunity to ask questions. I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason and without cost. I voluntarily agree to take part in this study.