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Informed Consent

Sometimes things don't work out between friends. If you have ever had a friendship fall apart or drift apart, you are welcome to fill out this anonymous survey, which has been reviewed and approved by the Rutgers University Institutional Review Board. Completing the survey will only take about 5 to 10 minutes of your time.

We are a team of researchers from Rutgers University, and are conducting a study on friendships that end. For this survey, we ask that you please think of a friendship that, in one way or another, has ended. The ending does not need to have been a dramatic falling out, but could have been. We are only concerned with a friendship that did not at one time involve sexual intimacy. Please keep only one friendship in mind when answering the following questions.

Include as many details as you feel necessary, but please avoid mentioning any names or identifiable information while writing. This applies to the former friend as well as to anybody else involved in your life. Our research team wants to make sure that both you and the people you interact with are kept anonymous. We do not ask any identifying information, nor we do keep the IP address associated with your responses. All of your responses will be kept in a password protected database and will only be accessed by our team of researchers. Your identity will remain completely anonymous.

There are no direct payments or benefits to filling out this survey, but it may give you a chance to explore your feelings or reflect on a friendship that has ended. You will also contribute to the scientific research on human relationships. Risks do not exceed those normally encountered in everyday conversations. If completing these questions makes you feel uncomfortable or anxious, you are free to terminate the survey at any time with no penalty.

If you have any questions or concerns about the study, or your rights as a participant, you can always contact the Rutgers faculty member running the study, James Walkup, Ph.D., at or 212-518-3091. If you have questions about your rights as a subject, you can always contact the IRB Administrator at Rutgers University at:

Rutgers University Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects 
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs 
3 Rutgers Plaza
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559
Tel: 848-932-0150 

If you would like to know the results of this survey, please contact James Walkup and he will let you know when the results are available. You may also print out a copy of this informed consent for your own records.

This informed consent form was approved by the Rutgers University Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects on March 26th, 2013; Currently, there is not any expiration on the approval of this form.

If you disagree, or do not want to participate, then please exit this survey now.

If you are over 18 years old, and understand that by clicking below you give your informed consent to participate in this study, then please click below.

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