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Request for Raw Data for Research on Informed Consent Barbara Gray 27 Sep 1999 17:13 EST

Dear MCWIRB and RESADM Members,

One of our Honors students is doing some research on informed consent
and has asked me to share his request for assistance with my
colleagues.  If you can take a few moments to help him out by sending
one or two consent forms that have been approved by your IRB, we will be
most appreciative.  (If you wish, you may black out the names of the
investigators and/or the name of your institution.)  Here is his

"I am an I am an Honors Psychology student at the College of Charleston
working on a Bachelor's Essay research project.  I am interested in how
the linguistic (grammatical and lexical) structure of sentences in
informed consent forms may affect participants.  Specifically, there are
theoretical reasons to believe that certain linguistic forms may enhance
suggestibility.  As a preliminary part of this project, I would like to
examine the ways in which researchers actually inform participants about
potential results or side-effects of their research participation.
These potential effects may be physical, emotional, cognitive, or
behavioral.  If you have ready access to informed consent forms that
mention to research participants the possibility of any such effects
occurring as a result of their involvement in the research, I would very
much appreciate the opportunity to examine some of them.  I do not need
to know the names of the researchers or any other identifying
information, although I would prefer consent forms that have been
approved by your IRB.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you might be able to provide.
If you have any questions, please contact me (843-853-1975) or my
research advisor, Dr. Carol Toris (843-953-8198;   You
can fax the forms to Dr. Toris at 843-953-7151 or mail them to her at
the College of Charleston, Psychology Department, 66 George St.,
Charleston, SC, 29424.

Chris Fulmer"

Thanks for helping out.  I'm glad to see that this is a topic of
interest to at least one student!

Barbara H. Gray, Director
Research & Grants Administration
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC  29424
Office:  843-953-5673
Direct:  843-953-5885
Fax:  843-953-6577
Campus Location:  407G Bell Bldg.


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