Commuting Parents Survey

Information Statement for the Research Project: Commuting Parents Survey Document Version 1 / Dated 28/06/2010 You are invited to participate in the research project identified above which is being conducted by Dr Richard Fletcher, Dr Emily Freeman, and Dr Jennifer StGeorge from the Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle. Why is the research being done? The purpose of the research is to determine the effects of commuting on the parent-child relationship and to identify the strategies that commuting parents use to maintain a connection with their child. Who can participate in the research? We are seeking parents who commute to and from work and who have a child aged 12 years or younger to participate in our study. What choice do you have? Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Whether or not you decide to participate, your decision will not disadvantage you. Your submission of the survey will indicate that you have decided to participate in this study. Because the survey is anonymous, we will not know which survey is yours. This means that once you have submitted the survey you cannot withdraw the survey from the study. If you decide that you do not wish to participate, please close your internet browser. What would you be asked to do? If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete the survey below. The survey contains questions relating to your commuting experience, your relationship with your child, and the strategies you use to maintain a connection with your child. Although we are not collecting any identifying information, we also ask that you fill out a few questions relating to your demographic information (e.g., your age and gender). How much time will it take? The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. What are the risks and benefits of participating? There will be no direct benefits to you in participating in this research. Although not intended, it is possible that you may find some of the questions distressful. If this is the case, there are a number of counselling services available for you to contact such as Lifeline Australia (Ph: 13 11 14). How will your privacy be protected? The survey is completely anonymous. We will not be asking for any information that could identify who you are. All survey data will be kept in a password protected spreadsheet that only members of the research team will have access to. Data will be kept for at least 5 years. How will the information collected be used? The results from this study will be presented in scientific journals. Reporting of research findings will describe aggregate data only, (aggregated by commuting experience, gender, age group, or job description). Since the data is recorded anonymously, at no time will any reports or presentation of findings mention any identifying information about the participants. What do you need to do to participate? Please read this Information Statement and be sure you understand its contents before you consent to participate. If there is anything you do not understand, or you have questions, contact the researcher. If you would like to participate, please complete the anonymous survey below. This will be taken as your informed consent to participate. Further information If you would like further information please contact a member of the research team: Dr Richard Fletcher Family Action Centre The University of Newcastle Callaghan, NSW, 2308 Richard.Fletcher@newcastle.edu.au Dr Emily Freeman Family Action Centre The University of Newcastle Callaghan, NSW, 2308 Emily.Freeman@newcastle.edu.au Dr Jennifer StGeorge Family Action Centre The University of Newcastle Callaghan, NSW, 2308 Jennifer.StGeorge@newcastle.edu.au Thank you for considering this invitation. Richard Fletcher Complaints about this research This project has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2010-1206. Should you have concerns about your rights as a participant in this research, or you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, it may be given to the researcher, or, if an independent person is preferred, to the Human Research Ethics Officer, Research Office, The Chancellery, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia, telephone (02) 49216333, email Human-Ethics@newcastle.edu.au.










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