are being asked to participate in a project conducted through Maryville
University by Stacie Lee, Maryville Senior Seminar student, and Michael J.
Donovan, Adjunct Instructor, Maryville University. This project is being
conducted in partial fulfillment of the course requirements for Senior Seminar
at Maryville University. Student candidates are learning to collect and assess
data, so the results of this study may not be valid and will not be published
or presented beyond the class. This course is in compliance with the Maryville
University Institutional Review Board.
purpose of this research is to explore the effects pet
ownership has on one’s happiness. If
you agree to participate you will be asked to complete a survey containing a brief
demographic section followed by a questionnaire equaling a total of 102 questions. The questionnaire will take about 30 minutes or less to complete.
This project is not expected to involve risks of harm any greater than those
ordinarily encountered in daily life.
project will consist of a wide range of questions that cover ownership
of pets, including attitudes, health benefits, anthropomorphism (giving your pets human characteristic traits), attachment and bonding,
and current happiness. One questionnaire will be
given to you. All of your responses to the questionnaires
will be kept anonymous. The researcher will not even keep or collect the
names of the people who participate in this study. The group results of data
from this study will be shared only with members of the Senior Seminar course,
and the social science faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences.
participation is voluntary and there is no penalty for your refusal to
participate. You need not answer all questions and you are free to withdraw
your consent and to discontinue your participation at any time. In the event of
your early withdrawal, any information that you have provided up to that time
will be destroyed.
you have any questions regarding this study, or if any problems arise, you may
contact the researcher, Stacie Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org
or the supervising faculty member, Dr. Michael J. Donovan at email@example.com.
You may also ask questions, state concerns regarding your rights as a research
subject, or express any feelings of pressure to participate by contacting: Dr.
Robert Bertolino, Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Maryville
University investigators and their colleagues who are conducting research
recognize the importance of your contribution to the research studies, which
are designed to improve educational learning environments. Maryville University
investigators and their staff will make every effort to minimize, control, and
treat any complication that may arise as a result of this research.
University recognizes its federally mandated responsibility to ensure that
research be conducted in an ethical and scholarly manner, respecting the rights
and welfare of all the human participants. Any research misconduct including
but not limited to fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing,
performing, and reviewing research, or in reporting research results should be
reported to Dr. Tammy Gocial, the Research Integrity Officer at (314)529-6893.
of the surveys will signify your implied consent to participate. You are
agreeing to participate in this study based on the information presented to
you. You may choose to withdraw without prejudice or penalty. In case you have
any questions it would be good to print or save this form, or to record the
contact information of the researchers and the IRB officers.
protocol number on this consent form indicates that the project has been
reviewed and approved by the Maryville University Institutional Review Board.
University Institutional Review Board