Cover Letter for Participation in Research

SOLACE Spectrum: Confirming the Factor Structure of a Personality Assessment

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Why am I being asked?

You are being asked to be a participant in a research study about personality types conducted by Dr. Sherry Rosenblad, Caroline Frey, Madison Houston, Samuel Rosenblad, and Joana Sossaman of the Psychology & Counseling Department at Hardin-Simmons University.  You have been asked to participate in the research because you are a person with a unique personality and are eligible to participate.  We ask that you read this form before agreeing to be in the research. 

Your participation in this research is voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with Hardin-Simmons University.  If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time without affecting that relationship. Completing the survey implies that you are consenting to participate.

Why is this research being done?

This research is being done to understand whether distinct personality types exist and if this assessment in fact differentiates those types.  This will be done by conducting online surveys to complete the assessment.  There will be minimal to no risk involved.  Understanding personality types and strengths can have a positive impact on yourself as well as your relationships.

What is the purpose of this research?

The purpose of this study is to confirm if the measures for the different personality types as defined in the personality inventory are in fact measuring differences or commonalities.

What procedures are involved?

If you agree to be in this research, we would ask you to answer 90 questions on an internet based survey site.  This one-time survey will take 15 to 20 minutes for the participant to complete online.

Approximately 1200 participants will be involved in this research at Hardin-Simmons University or other communities in the United States.

What are the potential risks and discomforts?

The potential risks you face for participating would be minimal to none.  You may skip a question if you do not wish to answer.  If participation in this study has a negative impact on you, please discontinue participation.  If you wish to discuss the information above or any other risks you may experience, you may ask questions now or call the Principal Investigator listed on the front page of this form.  

Are there benefits to taking part in the research?

If you understand yourself better and can comprehend the foundation of your behaviors and attitudes, you can improve your self-esteem by acknowledging your strengths and you can learn to seek help with normal challenges faced by your personality type.  In relationships, recognizing the strengths in the other person and helping them in areas of challenge can improve your interactions.  This personality inventory provides a tool to give this information in a manner that is easy for participants to understand, remember, and utilize in their everyday lives.  Since behavior affects every aspect of a person’s life, areas such as work and social situations can be affected through this understanding of personality types.

What about privacy and confidentiality?

The only people who will know that you are a research participant are members of the research team.  No information about you, or provided by you during the research will be disclosed to others without your written permission. 

When the results of the research are published or discussed in conferences, no information will be included that would reveal your identity.  Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law.  

All personal information will be removed from research data.  All records will be stored behind two separate locks or passwords to prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing them. 

What if I am injured as a result of my participation?

In the event of injury related to this research study, you should contact your physician.  However, you or your third party payer, if any, will be responsible for payment of this treatment. No compensation for any injury, physical care, hospitalization, loss of income, pain, suffering, or any other form of compensation will be provided by Hardin-Simmons University.  If you feel you have been injured, you may contact the researcher, Sherry Rosenblad at 325-671-2271.     

What are the costs for participating in this research?

The participant may be responsible for internet access costs.

Will I be reimbursed for any of my expenses or paid for my participation in this research?

You will not be reimbursed for any of your expenses for participation in this research. 

Can I withdraw or be removed from the study?

You can choose whether to be in this study or not.  If you volunteer to be in this study, you may withdraw at any time without consequences of any kind.  You may also refuse to answer any questions you don’t want to answer and still remain in the study. The investigator may withdraw you from this research if circumstances arise which warrant doing so.  

Who should I contact if I have questions?

The researcher conducting this study is Dr. Sherry RosenbladIf you have questions, you may contact the researcher at: Phone:  325-671-2271; Email: sherry.rosenblad@hsutx.edu.    

What are my rights as a research subject?

If you feel you have not been treated according to the descriptions in this form, or you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, you may call the Hardin-Simmons Institutional Review Board - Dr. Dennis O'Connell at 325-670-5827 or email at oconnell@hsutx.edu.  

You may choose not to participate or to stop your participation in this research at any time.  Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with the University.

You will not be offered or receive any special consideration if you participate in this research.

Click here if you agree to participate and take the SOLACE Spectrum