Informed Consent

Investigators: Primary Investigator: Meghan Rackers and Dr. Sean Rife, Dept. of Psychology, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071, (270) 809-4404. 

You are being invited to participate in a research study conducted through Murray State University. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate. The investigator will explain to you in detail the purpose of the project, the procedures to be used, and the potential benefits and possible risks of participation. You may ask him/her any questions you have to help you understand the project. A basic explanation of the project is written below. Please read this explanation and discuss with the investigator any questions you may have. You will be given a copy of this form to keep.

Nature and Purpose of the Project: The purpose of this study is to gain information regarding attitudes toward mental health services. 

Explanation of Procedures: Your participation in this study will require you to answer a brief set of questions. Your total participation should take no longer than 5 minutes.   

Discomforts and Risks: The risks to you as a participant are minimal.  Regardless, please know that you can quit participating at any time without penalty. 

Benefits: There are no direct individual benefits to you beyond the opportunity to learn first-hand what it is like to participate in a research study and to learn about some of the methods involved in psychological research. A general benefit is that you will add to our knowledge of the research subject.

Confidentiality: Your responses and participation in all tasks will be completely anonymous; they will only be numerically coded and not recorded in any way that can be identified with you. Anonymized data may be made available to other researchers for reproducibility purposes.

Required Statement on Internet Research: All responses from online participants will be treated confidentially and stored on a secure server.  However, we are unable to guarantee the security of the computer on which you choose to enter your responses. Information (or data) you enter, and websites you visit online can be tracked, captured, corrupted, lost, or otherwise misused.

Refusal/Withdrawal: Your participation in this study should be completely voluntary.  Your refusal to participate will involve no penalty. In addition, you have the right to withdraw at any time during the study without penalty or prejudice from the researchers.

I acknowledge that the risks and benefits involved and the need for the research have been fully explained to me; that I have been informed that I may withdraw from participation at any time without prejudice or penalty; and the investigator has offered to answer any inquiries that I may make concerning the procedures to be followed or my rights as a participant, and has answered to my satisfaction any questions that I have. I voluntarily consent to participate in this research project.

THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY THE MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (IRB) FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS. ANY QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO YOUR RIGHTS AS A PARTICIPANT OR ACTIVITY-RELATED INJURY SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE IRB COORDINATOR AT (270) 809-2916. ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONDUCT OF THIS RESEARCH PROJECT SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF DR. SEAN RIFE IN THE MSU PSYCHOLOGY DEPT., AT (270) 809-4404.

I CONSENT