Popular Parenting Practices

1. Information

 
Information sheet

Popular parenting practices in infancy and the effects that they may have on the child-caregiver relationship in children aged between 3 and 5 years.

Researcher:
Miss Demelza Martland
School of Psychology and Sociology
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering & Health
Central Queensland University
North Rockhampton, QLD. 4702
e-mail: s0131463@student.cqu.edu.au

Supervisor:
Ms Kaylene Paradine
School of Psychology and Sociology
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering & Health
Central Queensland University
North Rockhampton, QLD. 4702
e-mail: k.paradine@cqu.edu.au

Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of popular parenting practices aimed at helping infants to sleep through the night, with the aim of determining the effect that these practices may have on the development of the child-caregiver relationship in children aged between 3 and 5 years. This will involve asking the full time caregivers of children aged between 3 and 5 years whether or not they practiced enlisted popular parenting practices, such as co-sleeping, when their children were under 2 years of age.

Significance of the Study
Currently there is a lack of evidence based research on popular parenting practices to get infants to sleep through the night and the possible impact that this may have on the child-caregiver relationship in later childhood (Hiscock & Wake, 2002).

Method
In order to meet the criteria for participation in this study, you will need to be the primary care-taker of a child aged between 3 and 5 years. After reading this information, if you would like to participate in the research, then click on the next button at the bottom of this page. You will be asked to read a short description on controlled crying, co-sleeping and transitional objects. This is to ensure that you have an accurate understanding of the concepts involved in this study. You will then be asked to complete a short parental practices questionnaire, once these questions have been answered you will be click on the next button at the bottom of the page, this will open a new page containing general questions regarding your relationship with your child. If at any time you feel uncomfortable about continuing the study, then you are within your rights to discontinue with the questionnaire, if you do so then your responses will not be stored. If you are still feeling uneasy about the questions asked in the study, then counselling services are available through Lifeline (131114).

The information gained through this research may be used for future projects and may be published. This may take the form of presentations at conferences, journal articles and other methods of dissemination. No identifiable information will be collected and any information given will be strictly confidential and will be used only for research purposes. All information given will be destroyed after a period of 5 years in accordance with CQU policy. If there are any queries regarding this research then feel free to contact the principal researcher at: s0131463@student.cqu.edu.au.

Please contact the Central Queensland University’s Office of Research (Tel (07) 4923 2607, Email: ethics@cqu.edu.au) should there be any concerns about the nature and/or conduct of this research project.
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