This is a research study conducted by Parenting Now! with funding from the Education Development Center on behalf of SAMHSA. The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the Make Parenting A Pleasure program to determine how well the program serves families. The results of the evaluation will be used to make the program better for others. The purpose of this consent form is to give you the information you need to help you decide whether to be in the study or not. You may ask any questions about the research, what you will be asked to do, the possible risks and benefits, your rights as a volunteer, and anything else about the research or this form that is not clear. When all of your questions have been answered, you can decide if you want to be in this study or not. This process is called “informed consent”.
If you agree to be in this study, and qualify, your involvement will last for about 4 months, about the same length as the Make Parenting A Pleasure series. You will be asked to answer questions on two surveys and either participate in a current Make Parenting A Pleasure group or wait for the next Make Parenting A Pleasure group to start.
If you consent to participate at that time, we will mail you a survey to fill out and return that will take about 30 minutes to complete. After you’ve returned the survey we will send you $20 within 10 working days after we receive your pretest. Before the Make Parenting A Pleasure group is about to start, we will randomize you to either start the Make Parenting A Pleasure group or wait for the next group to start, in about 3 months. If you are to start the group immediately, you will hear from the site sponsoring the group and participate in the group. If you are to wait for the next group, we will contact the Make Parenting A Pleasure site to make sure you are signed up for the next session. At the end of about 6 weeks, we’ll contact everyone again to make sure your contact information is still correct and to remind you that we will be sending you another survey in 6 weeks. When you return the second survey, we will send you $40 within 10 working days and your participation is complete. If you are in the wait list, your Make Parenting A Pleasure site will contact you when the next group is going to begin.
RISKS OF BEING IN THIS STUDY
and what we do to make the risks as small as possible
If you decide to participate in our evaluation study, there are some possible risks or concerns. You may be concerned about your privacy regarding the information you give us. We will not share anything you tell us with anyone else, not even the Make Parenting A Pleasure site. Your name will only be on the contact information you give us and not on any of the surveys you fill out. If you are on the wait list, we will contact the Make Parenting A Pleasure site so they can sign you up for the next group. You may also be uncomfortable about some of the questions we ask you on the surveys, but you can skip any questions you do not want to answer.
BENEFITS OF BEING IN THIS STUDY
There may be no personal benefits of being in this study. However, you will be contributing to knowledge on what types of parent education is the most helpful and useful, which could help other parents and families.
COSTS AND COMPENSATION
You will not have any costs for being in this research study except for your time. You could receive up to $60 for your participation. You will receive $20 for completing the first survey. If you do not return the first survey after 2 reminders, we will consider your participation to be ended and will not contact you further. You will receive an additional $40 for completing and returning the second survey.
We do everything we can to protect your confidentiality in this study. If you decide to participate, we will not inform the Make Parenting A Pleasure site that you are participating. No one in your group will know you are participating, not even the parent educator in charge of the group. Your contact information will be kept entirely separate from your survey information. The surveys you complete will be mailed to you at your home and returned to our offices where they will be kept in a secure, locked file cabinet, which only study staff can access. Your name will not be on the survey – we will use a number to identify you so it will be difficult to link your name to your survey. Our computer files will be password protected and only stored on a password protected computer.
We will not give information to anyone unless you tell us to, with these exceptions: (a) known or
suspected abuse will be reported as required by law, and (b) if you or someone else is in immediate danger of physical harm.
Taking part in this research study is voluntary. You may choose not to take part at all and still be a part of a Make Parenting A Pleasure group. If you are matched and agree to participate in this study, you may stop participating at any time. If you decide not to take part, or if you stop participating at any time, your decision will not result in any penalty or loss of benefits to which you may otherwise be entitled. If you decide to stop participating after providing the first survey data, we will include your data in our analysis, but will not contact you further.
If deemed necessary, you may be dismissed from the study at any time at the discretion of the research team. Those who are dismissed from the research study will only receive compensation for the surveys they have completed.
Questions are encouraged. If you have any questions about this research project, please contact: Lynne Swartz at Parenting Now!, 541-349-7782. You may call at any time before, during or after the study. If you have questions about your participation as a research subject, or if you have a visual or other impairment and require this material in another format, please contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Administrator, at 1-541-349-4854. If you have a hearing impairment please call TDD 1-800-735-2900.
Your signature indicates that this research study has been explained to you, that your questions have been answered, and that you agree to take part in this study. You will receive a copy of this form.
Participant's Name (printed): ____________________________________________________
(Signature of Participant) (Date)
• There is a chance you may be contacted in the future to participate in an additional study related to this project. If you would prefer not to be contacted, please let the researcher know, at any time.