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PROJECT TITLE: Perceived Vulnerability to Disease and Attitudes toward People with Physical Disabilities

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dr David Hamilton and Dr Cecelia Winkelman
Suzie Bentley, Carla Grillo and Shawn Woollard

STUDENT’S DEGREE: Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)



Dear Participant,


You are invited to participate in the research project described below.


What is the project about?

The research project investigates the relationship between perceived vulnerability to disease and people’s explicit attitudes toward persons with physical disability. We are interested in examining the effects of right-wing authoritarianism, female fertility during the ovulatory cycle, and social dominance orientation between cultures on this relationship. The data collected will hopefully provide insight into the factors which influence people’s attitudes toward persons with disability. Research in this field may facilitate the design of initiatives to improve people’s treatment of those individuals with a disability.


Who is undertaking the project?

This project is being conducted by Suzie Bentley, Carla Grillo and Shawn Woollard and will form the basis for the degree of Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at Australian Catholic University under the supervision of Dr David Hamilton and Dr Cecelia Winkelman.


Are there any risks associated with participating in this project?

We do not anticipate there to be any risks involved with this study and we hope that you will find the questions interesting; however, if for any reason you experience some distress then you are invited to call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.


What will I be asked to do?

In order to explore this issue we invite you to complete a series of short questionnaires. Following personal information such as your age, sex, first language, and whether or not you have a disability, the questionnaires ask about your attitudes toward people with disability.


How much time will the project take?

The expected duration of completion of these measures is about 30 minutes. You can participate at any time convenient for you and on any computer with internet access.

What are the benefits of the research project?

There are no immediate benefits to the participant. However, following participation in the study, you will have an opportunity to enter a raffle. Your details for the raffle prize cannot be used to identify your responses in the study. Should you choose to enter the raffle your name and contact details will be kept confidential.


Can I withdraw from the study?

Participation in the study is anonymous. Participation is voluntary; you are free to withdraw from the study at any stage before submitting the questionnaire. As identifying information will not be collected during participation, it will not be possible to withdraw your responses once they have been submitted. Your participation in this study is for research purposes only; we will not attempt to provide you with feedback on your responses.


Will anyone else know the results of the project?

All data will be used to write the student researchers’ thesis reports and may be submitted to an academic journal for publication or presented at an academic conference. Group data only will be used and no individual participants or their results will be identified in any publication or presentation.


Will I be able to find out the results of the project?

You are also encouraged to contact Dr Hamilton if you would like to receive a summary of the results upon the completion of the project.


Who do I contact if I have questions about the project?

If you do have any general concerns or questions then you are invited to contact the project supervisor Dr Hamilton on telephone number 03 9953 3118 in the School of Psychology at the Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy 3065.


What if I have a complaint or any concerns?

The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Australian Catholic University (approval number 2012 147V). If you have any complaints or concerns about the conduct of the project, you may write to the Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee care of the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).


Chair, HREC, c/o Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus, Locked Bag 4115, FITZROY, VIC, 3065

Ph: 03 9953 3150               Fax: 03 9953 3315             Email:


Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You will be informed of the outcome.


I want to participate! How do I sign up?

If you are willing to participate in the study then please press “I agree to take part” at the bottom of screen or alternatively press “I’m not interested right now.”


Your support for this study will be most appreciated.

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