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Curtin University
School of Psychology and Speech Pathology

Sense Of Community Study

Participant Information Sheet

Thank you for your interest in this research.

Please be advised that data collection has now ended, and the researchers have moved on to analysing and writing up their results.

Dear Participant…

My name is Kath Boekamp and I am a Clinical Psychology PhD student at Curtin University. I would like to invite you to participate in this research.

The Purpose of this Study. Most people know when they experience a Sense of Community and when they don’t. There are many factors that contribute to the development of a Sense of Community. Some factors are environmental, (for example, the size of your town) others are individual factors (i.e. those things that make you who you are, for instance, being introverted or extroverted). However, little research has been done on whether individual personality type factors have any bearing on how someone develops a Sense of Community.

What Participation Involves. Questionnaires: I would like to invite you to participate using an online method of survey collection. Using an online method means that you won’t have to remember to post back surveys.

Risk. If you decide to participate in this study there are no known risks for you, nor are there any costs for taking part. If you feel you have been hurt in any way then please feel free to contact either myself or my supervisor.

Confidentiality. Please be assured that confidentiality is guaranteed and no identifying information is kept on file at the completion of the research. Names and email addresses are optional and are collected so that you can be contacted; and at the completion of the study, the data will be non-identified, which means that any identifying information will be permanently removed. The data will be stored electronically, will be password protected, and any printed material will be kept in a locked storage cabinet in my office.

Withdrawal from the Study. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and you may withdraw your participation at any time. The decision to do so will not affect the research in any way.

Further Information. You can contact myself (Kath Boekamp) on 0414 266 151 (Kath.Boekamp@postgrad.curtin.edu.au) or my Supervisor, Brian Bishop (B.Bishop@curtin.edu.au) at the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University on 9266 7279. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further help and/or assistance. If you find that you wish to make a complaint, or have concerns regarding the conduct of myself or others involved, please do not hesitate to call Neville Hennessy or Sarah Egan on 9266 7279 (Course Coordinators) at the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University.

What Next? If you are willing to participate in this study please click on the link below which will take you to the Qualtrics Survey site to fill in a consent form, and then on to the research questions.

As an incentive for people to participate, all participants will go into a draw to receive, a $50 iTunes voucher (a 1 in 50 chance to win-only available to Australian Residents).

Thank you for your willingness to participate in this research.

This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number HR 95/2011). The Committee is comprised of 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,
Kath Boekamp.