Modern Psychological Studies
1 & 2
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Informed consent is an important ethical factor for medicine, psychology, and other needed disciplines. It is necessary for participants to understand an intended research project or procedure in which they plan to take part. This study examined the usefulness of informed consent by administering such a form prior to an irrelevant questionnaire. A simple task was inserted into the reading, which allowed assessment of whether participants actually read the form. Results obtained through the experiment supported the hypothesis that the majority of the participants would not read the consent form. While less than half of each sex actually read the form, more women tended to read it than their male counterparts. Theoretical implications for these findings are discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 9 no. 1 & 2 2003
Webb, Natasha E. and Taylor, Elizabeth D.
"To read or not to read: the usefulness of informed consent,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 9
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol9/iss1/4