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Everyday Communication Study Consent Form

You are invited to participate in a research study about communication in romantic relationships. You were selected as a possible participant because you are at least 18 years old and have been in a committed, cohabitating or married, romantic relationship for at least two years. We ask that you read this form before agreeing to participate in the study.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the nature of everyday communication in romantic relationships. Specifically, we are interested in evaluating different types of behavior in committed romantic relationships.

If you participated in research conducted by Karyl Daughters at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in 2004 you may recognize material in this current study that was gathered at that time. All of the material used in the current study was gathered anonymously and no individuals have been identified in connection with any specific examples.

If you agree to be in this study you will be asked to fill out a survey. In the survey you will be asked to evaluate examples of behaviors that have occurred in actual close romantic relationships. To do this, you will answer a series of questions following each real life example.

Risks and Benefits of Being in the Study:

There are no risks to individuals participating in this survey beyond those that exist in daily life. That is, the questionnaire includes examples of behaviors that you might hear people discuss in routine conversation. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete so a general fatigue due to the length of the study is possible.

There are no direct benefits for you from participating in this study. Although your participation in this research may not benefit you personally, it will help us better understand the nature and implications of everyday communication in committed romantic relationships. The results may help us identify communication strategies that can enhance committed romantic relationships.

Your participation in this research will be completely confidential and data will be averaged and reported in aggregate. Data is collected anonymously using a computer program called Forms Manager. No names, e-mail addresses, computer IP addresses, or submission date and time will be captured when you submit your completed survey.

In any sort of report I might publish, I will not include any information that will make it possible to identify any participant. The records of this study will be kept in a locked file and password protected database; only the researcher will have access to the records.

Voluntary Nature of the Study:

Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with the College of St. Benedict or St. John’s University. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time without affecting those relationships. You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer. While taking the survey you may stop at any time by closing your internet browser.

Contacts and Questions:

The researcher conducting this study is Dr. Karyl Daughters, Associate Professor, Communication Department, College of St. Benedict/ St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN 56321. If you have questions at any time, you may contact me by phone at 320-363-2072 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Please print a copy of this form for your records, if you so desire.

Statement of Consent:

I have read and understand the above consent form. I certify that I am 18 years old or older and, by clicking yes and then submitting to enter the survey, I indicate my willingness to voluntarily take part in the study.