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“Development of Religious Beliefs in Young Adults” Study

Beth Matthews, MA, LPCA, BCCC

Liberty University


If you are an American young adult from 18-30 and wouldn’t mind giving your feedback, you are invited to be in a doctoral research study.  Please read this form and ask any questions that you might have before completing the online survey.


This study is being conducted by Beth Matthews.  She is a doctoral candidate at the Center for Counseling and Family Studies, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.


Background Information

This study will examine characteristics and religious beliefs of young adults.  For this study, 200-400 participants from 18-30 years old are being sought.



Please respond to the questionnaire by selecting the answer that is most correct for you.  There are no “right or wrong” answers.  The questions will relate to your religious beliefs, memories of your home, your parents’ religious beliefs and parenting style.  If you do/did not live with both biological parents, please respond to the questions thinking of those two persons who were most involved in raising you.  The survey may require between 15-25 minutes to complete.  Please try to answer every question. This survey is composed of actual inventories created by university researchers and used in other research studies.


Voluntary Nature of Study

Participation in this study is voluntary.  Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with Liberty University.  If you decide to participate, you are free to not answer any question or to withdraw at any time without affecting those relationships.


Benefits and Risks of Being in the Study

While no study is without risks, the risks associated with this research are no more than in everyday life.  The assessment was designed to be as non-invasive as possible and carries no more than minimal risk.  As you respond to the survey, you might become aware of some emotional issues that could cause discomfort.  On the other hand, it is possible that you might grow relationally and emotionally from considering where you stand in regards to your own beliefs.  Beth is available to discuss any discomfort you might experience.



No personally identifiable information will be collected (unless you would like to be considered for possible compensation - see below).  Research records, both electronic and hard copies, will be locked or encrypted and stored securely and only this researcher and her school superiors will have access to the records.  At the end of three years, all data will be destroyed.  If the results of this study are ever published in a professional journal, no information that makes a participant’s identification possible will be included.



Every 20th participant (up to 20 participants) completing the study will receive a gift card to Amazon if they are willing to leave an email, twitter handle, or postal address with the survey.  Addresses will be destroyed immediately after gift cards are mailed.


Contacts and Questions

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Beth Matthews at  Beth’s advisor for this dissertation is Dr. John Thomas, and may be contacted at 434-592-4047 or

You have the right to ask questions, explain your answers, or otherwise communicate with Beth at any time.  You can also request a copy of the overall results.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this study and would like to talk to someone other than Beth, you are encouraged to contact the Institutional Review Board, at 1971 University Blvd, Suite 1837, Lynchburg, VA 24515 or email


Statement of Consent

I have read and understood the above information.  I have asked any questions and received answers.  I consent to participate in the study.


Thank you for taking your time to participate in this study that has the potential to benefit an important group of individuals.


Beth Matthews, MA, LPCA, BCCC