Informed Consent
Dear Participant,

I am a university professor in the field of psychology who is conducting an academic study on the current Covid-19 Pandemic. As part of this study, I am gathering information from surveys on participants' attitudes and behaviors surrounding Covid-19, along with attitudes about a variety of hypothetical life scenarios. Survey responses will become part of a larger study that investigates participants' reactions to the current pandemic.

By participating in this research study, you will be contributing valuable insights about the social and psychological effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. As this pandemic brings with it unprecedented experiences for most if not all living people on a global scale, this research and your participation in it is invaluable in understanding people's reactions, behaviors, and experiences at this time in world history.

Anonymity will be assured as the method of data collection involves completing online instruments available through the link provided. This process does not reveal any personal identifiers of respondents. Survey results will be kept on the researcher's password protected personal computer. Surveys should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. Participation is this study is entirely voluntary and may be stopped at any time. Information obtained from partially completed surveys will not be used in the larger study.

Your completion of the COVID-19 survey, the Salzburger State Reactance Scale, and the demographic sheet will serve as your consent to participate in this study. This study has been approved by the Cardinal Stritch University Institutional Review Board. Participants in this study will not be subjected to physical, psychological, social, legal, or economic risks, immediate or long-range, that are greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests. This study will provide participants with the opportunity to share personal behaviors and attitudes concerning current restrictions in everyday life surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. The study will also benefit by enhancing existing literature on reactance theory by investigating the psychological determinants of people’s actions and attitudes during an unprecedented global pandemic. If you have any complaints or concerns about this study, please contact Dr. Darnell Bradley, Institutional Review Board Chair at Cardinal Stritch University: djbradley@stritch.edu. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to contact me at the email below.

Sincerely,

Carole Hetzel, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair, Undergraduate Dept. of Psychology
Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N. Yates Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53217
cjhetzel@stritch.edu
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