Name of Researcher, Faculty, Department, Telephone & Email:
Mélanie Paulin, Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology, 403-220-8229, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prakriti Sharma, Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology, email@example.com
Supervisor: Susan Boon, Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology, 403-220-5564, firstname.lastname@example.org
This consent form, a copy of which has been given to you, is only part of the process of informed consent. If you want more details about something mentioned here, or information not included here, you should feel free to ask. Please take the time to read this carefully and to understand any accompanying information.
The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this research study.
Participation is completely voluntary, anonymous and confidential. You are free to discontinue participation at any time during the study.
Purpose of the Study
Past studies have looked at how people get even with others who might have harmed them. The purpose of this study is to look at the different ways in which people get even with others using online websites and social media after being wronged. We will also look at the some of the predictors that predict the behaviors of people that get back at others using social media. We hope to use the data we collect to understand this growing trend of getting even with someone through online websites and social media.
The data collected from this study will serve as the basis for conference presentations and journal articles. The data may also be used in the future for other research purposes related to this area of study (e.g., it may be used to inform research projects undertaken by our undergraduate or graduate students or in collaboration with other researchers in the future). In all presentations and uses of the data, however, your personal identity will not be disclosed. Indeed, we will never ask you to provide your name or other information that could identify you. In addition, where results of this study are published or publicly presented, it is possible that research assistants and others who contributed to the project may be indicated as co-authors.
What Will I Be Asked To Do?
As part of an online survey, you will be asked to complete several tasks. First, you will be asked to recall and explain in detail a time when you, or someone you know, used social media sites to get even with someone after being wronged. You will then be presented with a list of items describing the ways in which people usually get back at others using social media. You will be asked how often you, or someone you know have done those things in the last year. After completing this task, you will be asked to complete several short personality scales. We will then ask you to provide some demographic information about yourself. Finally, you will read a detailed discussion of the purposes and goals of this research.
Please note that your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may refuse to participate altogether, you may refuse to participate in parts of the study, you may decline to answer any and all questions, and you may withdraw from the study at any time. If for any reason you anticipate that recalling a time when you got even with someone, or when someone got even with you might upset you, or you are otherwise uncomfortable with the topic of this research, please do not proceed further.
What Type of Personal Information Will Be Collected?
You will be asked to provide information about your gender, age, ethnic background, education level, and your social media usage. We may paraphrase parts of your responses to open-ended questions in publications and at conferences, but we will not use your name in connection with this information (in fact, we will never ask you to provide your name or the name of any other person in this survey). Please be sure to use pseudonyms to refer to anyone you might discuss in your responses to these questions. Your responses will remain anonymous and confidential. Only the researchers listed on this consent form, their approved research assistants, and future students and collaborators will have access to your data. Your anonymized data will be retained indefinitely.
Are there Risks or Benefits if I Participate?
This study will provide you with an opportunity to see how research is conducted and to participate in a research project. Through your participation in this study, you may develop interest in a new topic, or further your appreciation for an area of study.
Risks: There is a small chance that thinking about a time when you got even with someone using social media/ or when someone got even with you using social media, may bring to mind unpleasant memories or otherwise cause you to get upset. If you think that this may be an issue for you, please feel free to withdraw from the study at any time. Should you feel upset during or after participation in this study, you may contact a counsellor/psychologist. Alternatively, for immediate 24-hr assistance, you can call Distress Centre Calgary at 403-266-4357.
NB: If you want to avail yourself of the resources offered by Distress Centre Calgary and are not a resident of Alberta, the centre accepts long distance calls. However, individuals calling long distance will need to assume the cost of the call. They do not accept collect calls.
What Happens to the Information I Provide?
Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate altogether, you may refuse to participate in parts of the study, you may decline to answer any and all questions, and you may withdraw from the study at any time. Since we don’t collect any identifying information, it will be impossible to identify an individual participant’s data after they have been submitted. This means that we cannot delete your data in the event you wish to withdraw from the study after submitting the survey. All responses you provide will be completely anonymous and confidential. Only the researchers listed on this consent form, their approved research assistants, and future students/collaborators working with Dr. Boon will have access to your data. We will neither ask for nor record names or other personal identifying information. Electronic records of the data from your responses will be stored in password protected computer accounts to which only the researchers, their approved assistants, and future students/collaborators will have access, and the data will be retained indefinitely. Results will be reported on a group basis for any presentation or publication of results. It is also possible that we may paraphrase or quote some answers you provide to the open-ended questions as quotations in publications and presentations. Please note that this online survey is being administered by Qualtrics, an American software company. As a result, your responses are subject to U.S. laws, including the USA Patriot Act. The risks associated with participation are minimal, however, and similar to those associated with many email programs, such as Hotmail© and social utilities spaces, such as Facebook© and MySpace©.