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Welcome to my study!

You are invited to take part in a research study about the relationship between personality, gender and burnout amongst correctional officers.  This form is part of a process called “informed consent” to allow you to understand this study before deciding whether to take part.


This study seeks 50 volunteers who are:

  • Age 18 – 65, currently employed as correctional officers working in correctional facilities 

  • Individuals not currently working within corrections will not be used in this study


This study is being conducted by a researcher named David Mullins, who is a Doctorate Candidate at Walden University.


Study Purpose:

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between personality and gender among correctional officers currently employed within corrections.



This study will involve you completing the following steps:


  • Completion of an intake form (1 minute)

  • Completion of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (20-30 minutes) 

  • Completion of the Big Five Inventory (20-30 minutes) 


Here are some sample questions:

            1. I feel emotionally drained from work. 

            2. I feel used up at the end of the workday.


Voluntary Nature of the Study:

Research should only be done with those who freely volunteer. So, everyone involved will respect your decision to join or not. 

If you decide to join the study now, you can still change your mind later. You may stop at any time. 


Risks and Benefits of Being in the Study:

Being in this study could involve some risk of the minor discomforts that can be encountered in daily life such as sharing sensitive information. Additionally, while participation in this study is anonymous, there is still a very minor risk that someone else that may be participating in the study also works at the same place of employment as the participant. With the protections in place, this study would pose minimal risk to your wellbeing. If this study has impacted your mental health, you may reach out to: 1800-950-NAMI


This study offers no direct benefits to individual volunteers. The aim of this study is to benefit society by increasing awareness of the relationship between personality and gender on burnout. Once the analysis is complete, the researcher will share the overall results via a 1–2-page summary of findings that will be posted on the same LinkedIn correctional groups from which participants were recruited.



There will be no payment or compensation for participating in this study. 



The researcher is required to protect your privacy. Your identity will be kept anonymous, within the limits of the law. The researcher will not ask for your name at any time or link your responses to your contact information. The researcher will not use your personal information for any purposes outside of this research project. Also, the researcher will not include your name or anything else that could identify you in the study reports. If the researcher were to share this dataset with another researcher in the future, the dataset would contain no identifiers so this would not involve another round of obtaining informed consent. Data will be kept secure by password protected files, stored on a password protected computer and external drive, with the use of codes in place of names of participants to protect their identities. Data will be kept for a period of at least 5 years, as required by the university. 


Contacts and Questions:

You can ask questions of the researcher by email via If you want to talk privately about your rights as a participant or any negative parts of the study, you can call Walden University’s Research Participant Advocate at 612-312-1210. Walden University’s approval number for this study is IRB will enter approval number here. It expires on IRB will enter expiration date.


You might wish to retain this consent form for your records. You may ask the researcher or Walden University for a copy at any time using the contact info above. 


Obtaining Your Consent


If you feel you understand the study and wish to volunteer, please indicate your consent by clicking CONTINUE below.

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