Consent to Participate in a Research Study
Attitudes About Contemporary Parenting Issues
WHY ARE YOU BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THIS RESEARCH?
You are being invited to take part in a research study about your attitudes toward current issues in parenting and childcare. You are being invited to take part in this research study because we are primarily interested in the attitudes of parents themselves. If you volunteer to take part in this study, you will be one of about 200 people to do so.
WHO IS DOING THE STUDY?
The person in charge of this study is Andrew A. Nelson, a graduate student at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Psychology. He is being guided in this research by Dr. Rachel H. Farr, PhD.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY?
By doing this study, we hope to learn more about what parents think and how parents feel about various issues in contemporary parenting. We are also interested in how these thoughts and feelings might influence one’s own sense of parenthood.
ARE THERE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?
You should only take part in this study if you are at least 18 years of age. Furthermore, we ask that you only complete this study if you identify as a parent and can speak knowledgably about your eldest child.
WHERE IS THE STUDY GOING TO TAKE PLACE AND HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
The research procedures will be conducted online via the Qualtrics survey platform. You can complete this survey at the location of your choosing, although Internet access will be required. Completion of the survey should take about 15-20 minutes.
WHAT WILL YOU BE ASKED TO DO?
If you agree to participate in this study, you will first answer a few demographic questions about yourself and your eldest child. Next, you will be asked to answer some more specific questions about yourself as a parent. After these questions, you will be randomly presented with three short news articles about recent parenting issues; you will read each article and answer three questions about its relevance to your own life. Lastly, you will complete a fill-in-the-blank word game before answering a few more questions about yourself as a parent.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE RISKS AND DISCOMFORTS?
To the best of our knowledge, the things you will be doing have no more risk of harm than you would experience in everyday life.
WILL YOU BENEFIT FROM TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY?
There is no guarantee that you will get any benefit from taking part in this study. Your willingness to take part, however, may, in the future, help society as a whole better understand this research topic.
DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE PART IN THE STUDY?
If you decide to take part in the study, it should be because you really want to volunteer. You will not lose any benefits or rights you would normally have if you choose not to volunteer. You can stop at any time during the study and still keep the benefits and rights you had before volunteering.
IF YOU DON’T WANT TO TAKE PART IN THE STUDY, ARE THERE OTHER CHOICES?
If you do not want to be in the study, there are no other choices except not to take part in the study.
WHAT WILL IT COST YOU TO PARTICIPATE?
There are no costs associated with taking part in the study.
WILL YOU RECEIVE ANY REWARDS FOR TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY?
You will not receive any rewards or payment for taking part in the study.
WHO WILL SEE THE INFORMATION THAT YOU GIVE?
This study is anonymous. That means that no one, not even members of the research team, will know that the information you give came from you.
Please be aware, while we make every effort to safeguard your data once received from the online survey/data gathering company, given the nature of online surveys, as with anything involving the Internet, we can never guarantee the confidentiality of the data while still on the survey/data gathering company’s servers, or while en route to either them or us. It is also possible the raw data collected for research purposes may be used for marketing or reporting purposes by the survey/data gathering company after the research is concluded, depending on the company’s Terms of Service and Privacy policies.
CAN YOUR TAKING PART IN THE STUDY END EARLY?
If you decide to take part in the study you still have the right to decide at any time that you no longer want to continue. You will not be treated differently if you decide to stop taking part in the study.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
There is a possibility that the data collected from you may be shared with other investigators in the future. If that is the case the data will not contain information that can identify you unless you give your consent or the UK Institutional Review Board (IRB) approves the research. The IRB is a committee that reviews ethical issues, according to federal, state and local regulations on research with human subjects, to make sure the study complies with these before approval of a research study is issued.
WHAT IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, SUGGESTIONS, CONCERNS, OR COMPLAINTS?
Before you decide whether to accept this invitation to take part in the study, please ask any questions that might come to mind now. Later, if you have questions, suggestions, concerns, or complaints about the study, you can contact the investigator, Andrew A. Nelson, at 509-991-1430 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about your rights as a volunteer in this research, contact the staff in the Office of Research Integrity at the University of Kentucky between the business hours of 8am and 5pm EST, Mon-Fri. at 859-257-9428 or toll free at 1-866-400-9428.
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