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Curtin University
School of Psychology and Speech Pathology

Study On The Drinking Behaviours Of Undergraduate Students

Participant Information Sheet

You are being invited to take part in a research study. Please take the time to read the following information about why this study is being conducted and what your participation will involve prior you deciding to participate.

Aim: The current study aims to investigate alcohol consumption behaviours of undergraduate students.

What does being a participant involve? The study consists of two online questionnaires, one to be completed now and a shorter follow-up questionnaire to be completed in four weeks’ time. The questionnaires contain questions relating to your alcohol consumption behaviour and general attitudes towards drinking alcohol The first questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes of your time to complete. One month from completing the first questionnaire, you will be sent an automated email invitation to complete the follow-up questionnaire, which should only take a few minutes to complete. Please read all of the questions carefully before you answer them, and remember that there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers - we are interested in your opinions.

What are the benefits of participating? As well as helping us with this research, you will be providing information that will help us better understand drinking behaviour in undergraduate students. Upon full completion of both questionnaires, you may opt to enter a prize draw to win one of two $100 Coles Myer vouchers as thanks for your participation. Although the data you provide will be very useful to this study, your participation is entirely voluntary. You are free to withdraw at any time without being required to provide a reason.

What happens to my information? The information you provide in our questionnaire will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for research purposes only. You will not be identifiable from your submitted data. Please note that only the researchers and research supervisor will have access to your submitted data.

Once the data analysis is complete, a report of the study’s findings may be submitted for publication. For this purpose, submitted data may be stored for a maximum of five years in a secure location, in accordance with journal publication guidelines. Please note that this as this is a prospective study, you will receive an automated email invitation in four weeks’ time, with a link to the second questionnaire. We will not use your email address for any purpose other than to direct you to the second questionnaire or to contact you if you have won the prize draw. If you have any further questions about this study please feel free to contact the researchers, or research supervisor below. A summary of the results will also be available from the researcher on request, at the conclusion of the study.

Researcher: Kim Caudwell
Email: kim.caudwell@student.curtin.edu.au
Researcher: Julie Savage
Email: julie.savage@student.curtin.edu.au
Researcher: Nina te Pas 
Email: nina.tepas@curtin.edu.au
Research Supervisor: Professor Martin Hagger 
Email: martin.hagger@curtin.edu.au  

Thank you for taking the time to read this participant information sheet, and considering taking part in this study. If you indeed wish to take part in this study please click the link below to access the questionnaire and consent form.

Link to questionnaire

This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number Psych & SP 2012-11). The Committee comprises members of the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers. Its main role is to protect participants. If needed, verification of approval can be obtained either by writing to the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee, c/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, 6845 or by telephoning 9266 2784 or by emailing hrec@curtin.edu.au.

Thank you for your interest in this research,
Nina te Pas, Kim Caudwell & Julie Savage.