Name of Project: Factors involved in romantic and sexual attraction
If you are female, 18 years or over and proficient in English you are invited to participate in an online study of romantic and sexual attraction within heterosexual relationships. The purpose of the study is to determine current attitudes towards dating behaviours and relationships among adult women within the community.
The study is being conducted by Katelin Sutton (Dept. of Psychology, Macquarie University; Phone 9850-4081 email Katelin.Sutton@mq.edu.au) to fulfil the requirements of a PhD in psychology under the supervision of Dr. Megan Oaten (Dept. of Psychology, Macquarie University; Phone 9850-8060; email Megan.Oaten@mq.edu.au).
If you decide to take part, you will be asked to complete a set of online questionnaires concerning beliefs about sexual attraction and relationships. The questionnaires should take around 30 minutes to complete. PSY104/105 psychology students will receive 30 minutes course credit for participation. Participants entering via the Psychology Department Web Survey Portal will go into a draw for a $50 book voucher.
Any information or personal details gathered in the course of the study are confidential. No individual will be identified in any publication of the results and only the investigators will have access to the raw data.
If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw from further participation in the research at any time without having to give a reason and without consequence.
Information transmitted online may be viewed by a third party. Although responses are collected anonymously, the tracking of responses, while unlikely, is possible.
Results from this study will be made available on the first-year noticeboard in C4A and on the Psychology Department’s Laboratory of Evolutionary Psychology webpage (http://www.psy.mq.edu.au/LEP) in December, 2010.
It is not anticipated that completing the questions will cause you any distress. However, if you would like to discuss any personal issues raised by the questions, you are encouraged to contact the University Counselling Service (phone: 02 9850 7497) or to contact the Mental Health Information Service for information about your nearest free service (phone: 02 9816 5688).
The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Ethics Review Committee (Human Research). If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the Committee through the Research Ethics Officer (telephone  9850 7854, fax  9850 8799, email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome
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