Project Title: Parenting attitudes and behaviors
Investigators: Jennifer J. Harman, Ph.D.
Zeynep Biringen, Ph.D.
This survey is designed to look at how acceptable certain parenting practices are to you, and whether you or those you know have ever done certain parenting behaviors (e.g., limited contact with a child with another parent). This study is being conducted by researchers from the Departments of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. Please read this page carefully before making a decision about whether or not to participate.
The purpose of this survey is to get information about your attitudes about different parenting behaviors in order to get a better understanding of which behaviors are most acceptable, and which parenting practices are common (whether they are acceptable or not).
As a participant in this study, you will complete a computer-based survey. This survey will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. Many of the questions will ask about attitudes towards different parenting behaviors, as well as attitudes towards others (mothers and fathers). We will also ask a few questions about your marital status, children, and decision-making in your relationship.
Reasons for exclusion from volunteering for this study
You must be a parent to participate in this study, and this could be a biological or adoptive parent, and/or a step-parent.
We are also only looking for parents who currently live in the United States, Canada, Australia, or Western Europe (e.g., Belgium, Germany). While we are interested in other locations around the world, we want to be able to compare results from this survey to other data we are collecting in those countries.
Possible Risks of Participation
· The only foreseeable risk from participating in this study is that you may feel uncomfortable answering some personal questions about your, and other’s parental behaviors and attitudes. You can skip any question that you are uncomfortable answering.
· It is not possible to identify all potential risks, but the researcher(s) have taken reasonable safeguards to minimize any unknown risks.
· If your participation in this study has raised any personal issues that you would like to discuss further, please contact Dr. Jennifer Harman for further assistance and referrals.
Possible Benefits of Participation
· There are no direct benefits from completing this survey, but your participation will help us to learn more about how parental behaviors and attitudes.
Your participation in this research is voluntary. If you decide to participate in the study, you may withdraw your consent and stop participating at any time without penalty or loss of benefit to you. Therefore, you may choose to stop at any time if any portion of the study makes it too uncomfortable to continue. You can also skip particular survey questions you are uncomfortable answering.
There is no compensation for participating in this study; however you can provide your email at the end of the survey to enter into a lottery for a $50 Amazon gift-card. This email address will be kept separate from your data if you enter the lottery, and will be deleted entirely at the end of the study.
Confidentiality and Anonymity
· We will keep private all research records. We will not collect any identifying information from you, other than your email if you enter the lottery, and this email will be deleted from your survey responses to protect your anonymity.
· Only Drs. Harman and Biringen will have access to the survey information you provide. When the data are downloaded, they are stored on password protected computers that only she has access to.
· Your information will be combined with information from other people taking part in the study. When the investigators write about the study to share it with other researchers, they will write about the combined information they have gathered. You will not be identified in these written materials.
Before you decide whether to take part in the survey, please think about any questions that you may have. If you have some, you can email Dr. Harman before you continue. Later, if you have questions about the study, you can also contact her at the email above. If you have any questions about your rights as a volunteer in this research, contact CSU IRB at RICRO_IRB@mail.colostate.edu; 970-491-1553.
The content of this cover letter has been approved by the CSU Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects on November 17, 2014.
If you are willing to take the survey now, you can indicate your consent by clicking on the “Continue” button below.