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STUDY TITLE: Comparing measures of sensory sensitivity in occupational therapy and psychology


Thank you for your interest in our research study. This study is asking about character traits related to sensory sensitivity.

Your participation is voluntary. You may decide to not participate in this study. If you choose not to participate or change your mind about participating, simply exit the survey by closing your browser. Your decision not to participate or to change your mind will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

The following screens provide some important information about the study so that you can decide if you want to participate. It is important that you carefully consider whether being in this study is right for you and your situation. Please ask the researcher to explain any information in this consent document that is not clear to you. You may print a copy of this consent information to think about or discuss with your family or friends before making your decision.

The purpose of this study is to establish the presence of a correlation between sensory sensitivity in occupational therapy and psychology/psychiatry. To gather this information, we are asking individuals to complete a 129-item questionnaire online. In this questionnaire, you will answer questions about certain traits and behaviors related to sensory sensitivity as well as traits related to sensory sensitivity such as stress and anxiety. This should take about 20 minutes of your time.

You will not receive your individual questionnaire results and will not be paid to participate in this study. Although there are no direct benefits to you, we do hope the information learned from this study will provide more information about sensory sensitivity in occupational therapy and psychology, which may have wider implications for both disciplines.

Although very unlikely, participation in research might involve some loss of privacy or confidentiality. There is a small risk that someone outside the research study could see and misuse information about you. To minimize this risk, please complete this survey in a private location.

The questionnaire will be completed on the VCU REDCap system. REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. REDCap is specifically geared to support online capture for research studies and operations. Your information will be kept in the REDCap database which will only be accessible to individuals working on this study or authorized individuals who have access for specific research related tasks. Identifiable information in these databases are not released outside VCU unless stated in this consent or required by law. Although results of this research may be presented at meetings or in publications, identifiable personal information about participants will not be disclosed. Data might be shared with or copied by authorized representatives from the following organizations for the purposes of managing, monitoring and overseeing this study:

 Representatives of VCU and the VCU Health System
 Officials of the Department of Health and Human Services

No personal identifiers will be collected in this study. As such, the information could be used for other research studies by this study team or another researcher without asking you for additional consent.

If you have any questions, complaints, or concerns about your participation in this research, contact:

Stacey Reynolds PhD, OTR/L

(410)241-2140, (804)828-2288

Box 980008

Richmond VA 23298

If you have general questions about your rights as a participant in this or any other research, you may contact:

Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Research

800 East Leigh Street, Suite 3000

Box 980568

Richmond, VA 23298

Telephone: (804) 827-2157

I have been provided with an opportunity to read this consent statement carefully. By clicking "Next" I am indicating that I freely consent to participate in this research study.

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