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Thanks for taking the survey and for reading the legalese :)

Thanks for taking the survey and for reading the legalese :)
You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Dr. Zoe Corwin and Neftalie Williams from the University of Southern California. This study is funded by the Tony Hawk Foundation. Your participation is voluntary and your identity will remain confidential. You should read the information below and take as much time as you need to read the consent form. Our contact information is below in case you would like to ask questions about anything you do not understand before deciding whether to participate.

You have been selected as a possible participant in this study because you self-identify as a part of the skateboarding community. We are conducting a research study on the impact of skateboarding on young people and their educational and career trajectories.

Please take as much time as you need to read the consent form.

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of the project is to measure the impact of skateboarding on young people and their educational and career trajectories. In many cases, skateparks support a diverse group of youth and provide a low-cost opportunity to stay active in communities that may lack recreational facilities. Since skate culture expands beyond parks and into surrounding communities, we believe it is important to examine the interaction among skateparks/communities and social institutions such as K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions in order to better understand opportunities to improve health, education, and career outcomes for skateboarders.

STUDY PROCEDURES
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The survey is intended to assess general characteristics of a skateboarder. Surveys will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete.  All information provided with be kept confidential.

POTENTIAL RISKS AND DISCOMFORTS
This study involves minimal risk. The only foreseeable risk would be an inconvenience related to the time it takes to complete the survey.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS TO PARTICIPANTS AND/OR TO SOCIETY
You will not directly benefit from your participation in the study. Your insight, however, has the potential to influence how skateboarders navigate their educational and career trajectories and how society understands skateboarders.

PAYMENT/COMPENSATION FOR PARTICIPATION
Once you have completed the survey, you will be offered the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win skateboarding equipment for a year.  You will be asked if you want to enter your phone number to be entered into the raffle drawing. The phone number will only be collected for purposes of entering the raffle, issuing compensation, and alerting you if you are a winner. Your phone number will not be linked to your survey responses in any way and will be destroyed at the completion of the raffle.

CONFIDENTIALITY
We will keep your records for this study confidential as far as permitted by law. However, if we are required to do so by law, we will disclose confidential information about you. We will not be explicitly asking about or documenting illicit or illegal behaviors, but as a USC employee, the researcher is required to report any known or suspected abuse or neglect relating to children to USC’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The members of the research team, the outside evaluation team of Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, funding agencies, and the University of Southern California’s Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) may access the data. 
The HSPP reviews and monitors research studies to protect the rights and welfare of research subjects. The data will be stored on a password protected computer.

Your data will be maintained indefinitely and may be used in future research studies. If you do not want your data used in future research studies, you should not participate. When the results of the research are published or discussed in conferences, no information will be included that would reveal your name

PARTICIPATION AND WITHDRAWAL

Your participation is voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. You may withdraw your consent at any time and discontinue participation without penalty. You are not waiving any legal claims, rights, or remedies because of your participation in this research study.

ALTERNATIVES TO PARTICIPATION
Your alternative is to not participate.

INVESTIGATOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact Dr. Zoe Corwin at (213) 740-7218 during regular office hours- 8:30 am through 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

RIGHTS OF RESEARCH PARTICIPANT – IRB CONTACT INFORMATION
If you have questions, concerns, or complaints about your rights as a research participant or the research in general and are unable to contact the research team, or if you want to talk to someone independent of the research team, please contact the University of Southern California Institutional Review Board, 1640 Marengo Street, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA  90033-9269. Phone (323) 442-0114 or email irb@usc.edu.

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