Consent forms

27 Aug

Do an internet search on consent forms.  What is the purpose of consent forms in psychology studies?

Find 3 consent forms for psychology studies on internet.

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What are essential parts of a consent form?

Did you three consent forms include all essential parts?

One Response to “Consent forms”

  1. Jacqueline Gomez September 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    The purpose and reason of consent forms in psychology studies is to have a clear understanding of the facts of a particular study being done. The participant has the right to know what they’re participating for and if it is safe. In order to consent, this information of the study is very important. The reason also to give informed consent is that the concerns that a participant may have is relevant at the time consent is given.

    3 CONSENT FORMS FOR PSYCHOLOGY STUDIES:

    http://www.wagner.edu/departments/psychology/informedconsent
    http://www.socialpsychology.org/consentform.htm

    According to the United States Government Guidelines:

    A statement that the study involves research, an explanation of the purposes of the research and the expected duration of the subject’s participation, a description of the procedures to be followed, and identification of any procedures which are experimental

    A description of any reasonably foreseeable risks or discomforts to the subject

    A description of any benefits to the subject or to others which may reasonably be expected from the research

    A disclosure of appropriate alternative procedures or courses of treatment, if any, that might be advantageous to the subject

    A statement describing the extent, if any, to which confidentiality of records identifying the subject will be maintained

    For research involving more than minimal risk, an explanation as to whether there are any treatments or compensation if injury occurs and, if so, what they consist of, or where further information may be obtained (Note: A risk is considered “minimal” when the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the proposed research are not greater, in and of themselves, than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests)

    An explanation of whom to contact for answers to pertinent questions about the research and research subjects’ rights, and whom to contact in the event of a research-related injury to the subject

    A statement that participation is voluntary, refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled, and the subject may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled

    Note: It is essential that consent forms be written in plain language that research subjects can understand. In addition, the consent form should not contain any exculpatory language. That is, subjects should not be asked to waive (or appear to waive) any of their legal rights, nor should they be asked to release the investigator, sponsor, or institution (or its agents) from liability for negligence. (http://www.socialpsychology.org/consent.htm#us)

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