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Information Statement
Project Title:  Negotiating sexual intimacy with your partner

Chief Investigator/Supervisor
Dani Sulikowski
School of Psychology 
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst Campus, NSW, Australia
P: 02 6338 4778    E: dsulikowski@csu.edu.au

Jane Stevens, Candidate
Master of Psychological Practice
School of Psychology
Charles Sturt University                     
Bathurst, NSW, AustraliaE: jjrstevens@yahoo.com                       

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating how adults in long-term romantic relationships negotiate sexual intimacy with their partner. Participation is open to anybody aged 18 and over.

In this study we will ask you to read a short series of passages describing events of sexual intimacy, and then ask you your opinions about the events described in each passage. We will also ask you about your feelings in your own relationships, and your own experiences of sexual consent, and coercion. Lastly, we will ask you some demographic information, such as your age, sex, sexual orientation, relationship history, and current country of residence.

The content of this study includes descriptions of, and references to, sexual acts that may or may not have been consensual. It also asks you about your own experiences of non-consensual (including violent) sexual acts.  If you don’t think that you would be comfortable engaging with this content, then we recommend that you do not participate.

If you do decide to participate, but become distressed at any point, we encourage you to discontinue your participation. If you feel it will help you, you are encouraged to consider contacting your GP, reaching out to 1800RESPECT: The National Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Counselling Service or visit https://www.1800respect.org.au; or, for urgent crisis support, contact Lifeline on 131114 for 24/7 support.

Please note, that while this study asks potentially self-incriminating questions about your own behaviour in intimate relationships, your anonymity is guaranteed, and no action could be taken.

There is no payment or reward for participating in this study.

The data collected will be presented in Ms Jane Stevens 1st Year Masters Dissertation and may also be presented at academic conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals. The researchers named on this Information Statement, and other researchers who may join the research team in the future, may also re-analyse your data as part of future related or unrelated studies.

Your anonymity is assured as no identifying information is being recorded, this study is completely anonymous.  Following completion of the study, all data will be saved on password protected computers where it will be stored securely. Should the findings of the study be published, anonymous data (allowing the reported findings to be verified) may be placed in a public data repository.  No individual participant could be identified from any published report or published dataset from this study.

Participation is entirely voluntary. Whether or not you decide to participate is your decision and will not disadvantage you. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw yourself and your data from the project at any time (prior to submitting your data at the end), without reason or consequence. Should you choose to withdraw from this study prior to its completion, we will delete any data collected from you up until that point. Since participation is anonymous, there is no way of identifying your individual data once it has been submitted. It is therefore not possible to withdraw from the study after you have submitted your data at the end.

If you wish to ask any questions prior to participating, please contact either of the named researchers above.

Note: The Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project you may contact the Committee through the Presiding Officer:
Presiding Officer, Human Research Ethics Committee, Charles Sturt University, Locked Bag 588, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Tel: (02) 6933 4213. Email: ethics@csu.edu.au. Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.

By progressing beyond this information statement, you are indicating your informed consent to participate in this study. You are free to withdraw this consent and stop participating at any time by closing your browser window.  

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