A comparison of methods for increasing the comprehension of informed consent
This study examined the idea that an oral presentation would aid comprehension of informed consent information. In addition, this study looked at whether different methods of oral presentation were equally effective in increasing comprehension for persons in different emotional states. Gender effects were also taken into consideration. Subjects were 120 undergraduate psychology students who were divided into high and low anxious groups based on their scores on Spielberger's State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. It was expected that comprehension of consent information would be aided by an oral presentation. It was further expected that there would be no differences in comprehension between high anxious and low anxious subjects. There were no expectations for the impact of gender on comprehension. In addition, there were no expected interaction effects.
The results of this study indicated no main or interaction effects, with one exception. Low anxious subjects obtained significantly higher mean comprehension scores than high anxious subjects. Further analysis revealed that anxiety had a significant negative correlation with comprehension.
McGuire, John M.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
Isaacs, Lisa, "A comparison of methods for increasing the comprehension of informed consent" (1990). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4009.