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Understanding and Beliefs About Autism


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 questionnaire, we 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 Georgia.



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 autism.



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.



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.



The researcher conducting this study is Ashley J. Harrison, Ph.D. If you have questions, you may contact her at 706-542-7512; 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



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 your time!

Dr. Ashley Johnson Harrison, University of Georgia