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Dear participant:


I am a graduate student in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors at The University of Georgia.  I invite you to participate in a research study entitled “Millennials' knowledge of mending skills and care of garments and its effect on their clothing consumption.”  The purpose of this study is to discover what clothing mending skills college students have and how they take care of their clothing.


In order to take this study, you must be 18 years or older.


Your participation will involve answering a brief survey they includes what skills you have in terms of mending and fixing your clothes, how you take care of your clothes, and what you do if an item of clothing you own needs to be repaired. This survey should only take about 10-15 minutes.  Your involvement in the study is voluntary, and you may choose not to participate or to stop at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. Your participation will not affect your grades or class standing. If you decide to stop or withdraw from the study, the information/data collected from or about you up to the point of your withdrawal will be kept as part of the study and may continue to be analyzed.


The results of this survey will be anonymous and you will never be asked to identify yourself. The results of this survey will also remain confidential. I will be the only person with access to the data and the only one with knowledge of how to access it on the Qualtrics system. The final data that is downloaded from Qualtrics will not, in any way, be able to be traced back to you. The results of the research study may be published, but your name or any identifying information will not be used.  In fact, the published results will be presented in summary form only.


There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this study. However, the findings from this project may provide information on what skills college students are lacking in terms of repairing and caring for their clothing which, in turn, could lead to classes to teach the skills they are lacking.  There are no known risks or discomforts associated with this research.


If you have any questions about this research project, please feel free to call me at (419) 389-2221 or send an e-mail to skm47267@uga.edu. You may also contact Dr. Laura McAndrews at (706) 542-6771 or via email to lauraemc@uga.edu. Questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant should be directed to The Chairperson, University of Georgia Institutional Review Board, telephone (706) 542-3199; email address irb@uga.edu.


By selecting the tab that you have read and agree to this consent form and selecting that you are over the age of 18, you are, you are agreeing to participate in the above described research project.

Thank you for your consideration!  Please keep this letter for your records. 


Sincerely,

Samantha Meacham