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Investigating Anti-fat Attitudes and Relationships

Plain Language Information Statement

Plain Language Information Statement
Date: August 2019
Full Project Title: Attitudes towards Partners of Overweight Women: An Investigation of Anti Fat Attitudes

Principal Researchers:
Dr Michael Clarke and Professor Tess Knight
Ph: (03) 9813 3400
Student Researchers:
Nicole D’Souza

To Participant
This Plain Language Information Statement contains information about the research project. Its purpose is to explain to you the procedures involved in this project so that you can make a fully informed decision regarding your participation.
Participation is voluntary and no identifying information will be collected. As a potential participant you retain the right to withdraw from the study at any time, without consequence. However, note that in practice this is not possible once the data has been collected as we will be unable to identify you. Consent is implied by the submission of the completed survey. Upon review of this PLIS and the Consent Form below we will invite you to follow the link to participate in the questionnaire.
Why is this research being conducted?
Research shows that a number of factors influence our first impressions of men, including their physical appearance and that of their partner. This study seeks to better understand such factors. 
Why have I been approached?
This study is looking at attitudes that exist in society in general and so this research is seeking to recruit men and women aged 18 and over.
Possible benefits
It is unlikely that you will gain a direct benefit from this study, however the research that we are conducting is likely to tell us more about how our societal attitudes influence our perceptions of others. 
Possible risks

Although there are no anticipated risks outside of the average day-to-day activities, it is possible that you may feel distressed in answering some of the questions. If this occurs, we urge you to withdraw your participation immediately and seek assistance. We have provided the contact details of a number of free counselling services, such as Headspace ( or Lifeline ( below. Please do not hesitate to call any or all of the services if you are feeling any concern at all.
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Headspace: (03) 9027 0100
Beyond Blue:
Butterfly Foundation:

Who I can contact if I have any questions?
If you have concerns about the conduct of the research project, you can contact the Secretary to the Ethics Committee whose contact details appear at the end of this form.
If I agree to participate, what will I need to do?
You will need a computer with internet access and the link to the questionnaire, you will be asked to complete a series of questions related to our research topic. Within the questionnaires we may also ask for basic information about your age, gender, level of education. In addition, there will be more detailed questions about socio-cultural attitudes towards a fictional male partner of a fictional woman. An example question might be ‘I don't have many friends like Bob.’
If you do not wish to take part you are not obliged to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage prior to submission and your data will not be used.

How do I get started?
To take part in this project, simply click the “Next” button located at the bottom of this page.
What will happen to the information I provide?
All data collected will be electronic and will be stored securely on a password protected computer. Only the Principal Researchers and the Student Researcher will have access to the data. The information collected will be presented in a thesis and perhaps published in an academic journal. As a participant in this research we assure you that no identifying information will be included. All data collected from this study will be destroyed five years after completion of the thesis or after other papers which arise as a result of the research conducted are published. Once the research is completed, an anonymous summary of the overall findings will be available to you if you wish to receive it. Individual results will not be provided. If you would like to be informed of the aggregate research finding, please contact Dr Michael Clarke via email at
This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The Cairnmillar Institute and will comply with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, 2007).
If you would like further information regarding this study, if you have any concerns regarding this project please contact the research supervisor.If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about your rights as a research participant, then you may also contact the Secretary to the Human Research Ethics Committee. All contact details can be found below.

Nicole D’Souza
Student Researcher
The Cairnmillar Institute
391 - 393 Tooronga Road
Hawthorn East, 3123
Ph: (03) 9813 3400

Dr Michael Clarke
Principal Researcher/PhD Co-ordinator
The Cairnmillar Institute
391 - 393 Tooronga Road
Hawthorn East, 3123
Ph: (03) 9813 3400
Secretary to the HREC
The Cairnmillar Institute
391-393 Tooronga Road
Hawthorn East, 3123
Phone: 03 9813 3400


Research Project title: Attitudes towards Partners of Overweight Women: An Investigation of Anti Fat Attitudes

By clicking the “Next” button and proceeding to the next page, I CERTIFY THAT:
●      I have read the information provided in the Plain Language Statement and understand this project will be conducted for research purposes only.
●      I understand participation is voluntary and that I can withdraw at any time, prior to submitting the completed survey.
●      I am voluntarily giving my consent to participate in this study.
●      I have been notified that all information provided by me will remain confidential.
●      I understand that my consent is implied by the submission of the completed survey.