PROJECT TITLE: Perceived Vulnerability to Disease and Attitudes toward People with
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dr David Hamilton and Dr Cecelia Winkelman
STUDENT RESEARCHER: Suzie
Bentley, Carla Grillo and Shawn Woollard
STUDENT’S DEGREE: Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and Bachelor of Psychological Science
invited to participate in the research project described below.
What is the project
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
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?
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)
Catholic University, Melbourne Campus, Locked Bag 4115, FITZROY, VIC, 3065
03 9953 3150 Fax: 03 9953
3315 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Your support for
this study will be most appreciated.