Secure Parenting, Inc.

Informed Consent

TITLE OF STUDY: Secure Parenting Workshop Series April 2015

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Karen Purves, M.A.
CONTACT INFO: 702-724-4912, karen@secureparenting.org, samneph@earthlink.net, samneph@gmail.com 

Purpose of the Study: You are invited to participate in a research study investigating how parenting classes affect parenting practices and various aspects of parent and child well-being.

Participants

You are being asked to participate in this study because you are a healthy parent of a toddler between the ages of 20 and 40 months, with no serious disorders or disabilities.

Procedures

Parents  will fill out an interest form, followed up by a phone call to discuss details, then will fill out a background form and then, with their toddler, come to the Secure Parenting, Inc. meeting location once a week for 8 weeks for two hours each week. During each session, parents will be presented with different practices, methods, and approaches to parenting for the first 90 minutes. Parents will participate in discussion, role play and other exercises to explore the lesson/concepts of the week. During the first 90 minutes, children will be supervised and engaged with experienced caretakers in a separate room. For the final 15-30 minutes of the class, a ‘hands-on’ practice session will take place in which parents can directly apply what they have learned to interactions together with their own child. Assessments will be administered at the beginning and end of the 8 weeks. The location of the Sunday classes is Montessori Visions Academy, 3551 E. Sunset Rd., Las Vegas NV, 89120 and Monday class is Cambridge Community Center, 3900 Cambridge St., Las Vegas NV 89119.

Benefits of Participating

By participating in this study you may gain various insights into parenting, and what you learn may contribute to your and your child’s wellbeing. Also, you will be indirectly benefiting other parents and children because the information gathered by the researchers will help us learn about what positively influences parent-child relationships. Further, the results of this study will contribute to the understanding of how parent-child relationships are related to children’s functioning at home, with peers and later at school.You may also feel proud to contribute to research on the subject.

Risks of Participating

There are risks involved in all research studies. This study poses only minimal psychological, physical, legal, and social risks to you and your child. All tasks are safe and they do not lead to exposure of confidential data. If you feel any task would invade your privacy or cause embarrassment you may choose not to participate. Depending upon how easy or difficult you find the learning material and their applications, you may become bored or fatigued or experience mild anxiety. Your toddler may experience mild anxiety as a part of his/her interactions with you. This is necessary to practice new responses that are intended to reduce anxiety in the future.

Cost/Compensation

Your participation in the study will require any financial costs involved in transportation to and from the classroom (e.g. gas). The study will take no more than 2 hours per session for 8 sessions. Homework assignments will take no more than 1 hour per week. Secure Parenting, Inc. may not provide compensation or free medical care for an unanticipated injury sustained as a result of participating in this research study.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns about the study, you may contact Karen Purves at 702-724-4912. For questions regarding the rights of research subjects, any complaints or comments regarding the manner in which the study is being conducted you may contact the Independent Review Board (IRB) at 520-298-7494 and/or the Office for the Protection of Research Risks at: Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852; Toll-Free Telephone within the United States: (866) 447-4777  or (240) 453-6900; Fax: (240) 453-6909

E-mail: OHRP@hhs.gov

Voluntary Participation

Your participation is voluntary. You may refuse to participate in this study or any part of this study. You may withdraw at any time without any penalties. You are encouraged to ask questions before, during, or after the study. While it is voluntary, if you do choose to dropout, completion of the post-test assessments would greatly help the reliability and validity of the research.

Confidentiality

All information gathered during this study will be kept confidential. No reference will be made in written materials or oral statements that could link you to this study. All records will be stored in a securely locked office for the duration of the study. Once all measures are completed, your name will not be associated with any information you provide. We will assign a random number to all of your records, and that number will be the only identifier. There will only be one list that matches the name and number, and only the primary researcher will have access to that confidential list, which will be kept in a secure filing cabinet in a locked office location.

Permission

I have read the above information and agree to participate in this study. I am at least 18 years of age. A copy of this form has been given to me.

I certify that I am the parent/legal guardian of ______________________________________________ (first and last name of child/children) and give him/her/them permission to be present for this program. The child’s/children’s  

gender is  _____________________ and birthdate is _______________________________________.  

Signature of Participant                                                Date

___________________________________                                                     __________________

Printed Name of Participant

______________________________________

SIgnature of Investigator/Representative                                 Printed name of investigator/Representative

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