Research on Work Spouses
Defining and Understanding Work Spouses
We are interested in studying close, non-romantic friendships in the workplace. In the popular media, people in these relationships are often referred to as work spouses. If you have a close, platonic friendship in the work place or you work with “work spouses” and are willing to answer some questions about it, please follow the link below.
The survey will take you about 15-20 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, you will have the option to share your first name and email if you are willing to be interviewed as part of a follow up study or if you would like to be in a drawing for a $25 amazon.com gift card. Choosing to provide this information is completely voluntary, and you may choose to not provide your name if you do not wish to be entered. If you provide this information, it will be immediately separated and stored separately from your other answers. In other words, nothing that you report in the survey will be able to be tied back to you individually. Any names or other identifiers that you use in any of your answers will be changed in any reports of this research. There are no more risks to completing this survey as would be encountered in everyday life. You must be at least 19 years old to complete the survey.
If you have any questions about this project, feel free to contact:
Dr. Chad McBride
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
After you have read the participant bill of rights below, please check the box below and then click, “next.”
Bill of Rights for Research Participants
As a participant in a research study, you have the right:
1. To have enough time to decide whether or not to be in the research study, and to make that decision without any pressure from the people who are conducting the research.
2. To refuse to be in the study at all, or to stop participating at any time after you begin the study.
3. To be told what the study is trying to find out, what will happen to you, and what you will be asked to do if you are in the study.
4. To be told about the reasonably foreseeable risks of being in the study.
5. To be told about the possible benefits of being in the study.
6. To be told whether there are any costs associated with being in the study and whether you will be compensated for participating in the study.
7. To be told who will have access to information collected about you and how your confidentiality will be protected.
8. To be told whom to contact with questions about the research, about research-related injury, and about your rights as a research subject.
9. If the study involves treatment or therapy: a. To be told about the other non-research treatment choices you have. b. To be told where treatment is available should you have a research-related injury, and who will pay for research-related treatment.
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