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Consent for Research Participation 
 
You have been invited to take part in a research study called "Examining the relationship between stigma and self-esteem, self-efficacy, and social satisfaction in young adults with autism spectrum disorder", which is being conducted by Dr. Ashley Johnson Harrison, Kathryn Bangs, M.A., and Margaret Naughton from the College of Education at The University of Georgia. Please read this document completely to decide if you agree to take part in the research study. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. Participation is voluntary, and you can refuse to participate or stop taking part in the research study at any time without penalty or giving any reason. You can ask to have your information removed from the research records. 
 
The purpose of this study is to find out about how young adults with autism spectrum disorder function in post-secondary education and professional settings and what methods of support should be put in place to best meet their needs. We are also interested in the way that having autism may impact the way they interact with others and the way others interact with them.
 
You will not benefit directly from our research; however, your participation may lead to a better understanding of how to serve young adults with autism spectrum disorders. The procedures involve taking a 20-30 minute survey.
 
The research study is not expected to cause any harm or discomfort. If you experience any discomfort, you are encouraged to let the researchers know immediately. 
 
All of the information that you give will be confidential. No one outside of our research group will have access to the results as all data will be kept in a secured location. Your identity will be assigned a code, and the list linking names with identifier codes will be destroyed at the end of data collection. Reports will never include your name.
 
If you have any questions please contact either Kathryn Bangs, M.A. (kbangs@uga.edu) or Ashley Johnson Harrison, Ph.D. (ashley.harrison@uga.edu) at 706-542-7512.
 
By clicking on "Yes. I agree to participate in this research study," I am indicating that I understand the study procedures and my rights within the study (described above). I have also had my questions answered to my satisfaction.

 

Have you received a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome or autism spectrum disorder?