You are invited to be a
participant in a research study that asks some questions about your
understanding and beliefs about autism. By your completion of this
hope to learn more about your opinions about different aspects of autism and
how you feel autism is perceived. We ask that you read this information and
consider what the study asks of you before saying yes or no to participating in
the study. The study is being conducted by researchers at the University of
There is a lot of different
information about what autism is, how individuals get autism, and how to treat
autism. Also, based on different levels of understanding people have different
beliefs about people with autism. The purpose of this study is to better
understand your understanding and beliefs about autism.
The length of time this study will
take to complete is approximately 15 - 20 minutes. There are between 50
and 75 questions we would like you to answer.
This questionnaire is the only thing we will ask of you.
If you agree to be in this study,
we will ask you to read short sentences and provide your opinion. We do not
think the survey questions will be upsetting but you can skip any questions
that you do not want to answer. You must
be 18 years old to participate in this study.
There are no known risks with
completing this study. No harm is expected to result from this study, there
are no questions that should cause you any discomfort, and you may stop whenever you
would like without penalty.
You will receive 1 credit
toward your EPSY research requirement for your participation. If
students choose not to participate in research studies, for each required
credit they have the alternative of writing a 2-page summary of an educational
psychology article they read. We are also hoping these completed questionnaires
will help us to understand more about how people understand and think about
The records of this
study will be kept private. The information that you give in this study will be
handled confidentially. You will be assigned a participant number and your
identifying information will not be kept with your survey responses. Since the
study will be conducted online, there is a limit to the confidentiality that
can be guaranteed due to the technology itself.
7. VOLUNTARY NATURE OF
Your participation is
voluntary. You may refuse to participate or stop at any time without penalty or
loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. Your decision to
participate or not will not affect your current or future relations or standing
with the University of Georgia or the other universities participating in this
project. At the end of the survey, you will be presented the option of whether
you want to submit your responses or exit the survey without submitting your
information. If you choose not to submit your answers, they will not be sent to
the researchers or included in the study.
8. CONTACTS AND
conducting this study is Ashley J. Harrison, Ph.D. If you have questions, you
may contact her at 706-542-7512; email@example.com. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights
as a research participant in this study, you may contact the Institutional
Review Board (IRB) Chairperson, at (706) 542-3199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. STATEMENT OF
This study has been
explained to me. I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I may
stop the study anytime without penalty. If I have any concerns about my
experience in this study (e.g., that I was treated unfairly or felt
threatened), I may contact the Chair of the Institutional Review Board
regarding my concerns. By clicking "I agree" I am providing my
consent to participate in this study.
Thank you very much for
Dr. Ashley Johnson Harrison,
University of Georgia