Welcome to the American Family Dynamics Survey

The Liberty University Institutional
Review Board has approved
this document for use from
7/17/2018 to 7/16/2019
Protocol # 3331.071718

Family Dynamics Study - Anonymous Online Survey
Elizabeth Morris
Liberty University
Helms School of Government

You are invited participate in a research study concerning American family dynamics. You were selected as a possible participant because you are a resident of the United States and over the age of 18. Please read this form and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to be in the study.

Elizabeth Morris, a student in the Helms School of Government at Liberty University, is conducting this study to fulfill requirements for her Master of Arts in Public Policy degree.

Background Information: Our nation is undergoing many changes in family structure and dynamics. The question many of us are asking is: How have these changes affected children?

The purpose of this study is to better understand current family worldviews and dynamics as well as the experience adults who, as children, encountered home life outside the traditional model. This is a non-judgmental, comparative study that needs the input of diverse adults, some of whom have experienced single parent homes, step-family home, foster care or adoptive homes and some who have not.

Procedures: If you agree to be in this study, I would ask you to do the following:
Complete an anonymous online survey. Estimated time - 20 minutes.

Risks: The risks involved in this study are minimal. Some questions might recall painful memories, but risks are equal to risks you would encounter in everyday life.

Benefits: While participants should not expect to receive a direct benefit from taking part in this study, benefits to society include a better understanding of current family dynamics and potential change to public policy. This study could affect Federal and State legislation and assist in the physical and emotional protection of children.

Compensation: Participants will not be compensated for participating in this study

Confidentiality: The online survey is anonymous. No personal information is collected. Research responses and resultant data from this study will be kept private and stored securely. Only the researcher and committee chair will have access to the research records. Records and data will be stored on a password locked computer, and when research reports are completed, the research records will be stored on an electronic hard drive and placed in a safe deposit box. After three years, all electronic records will be deleted.

Conflicts of Interest Disclosure: The researcher serves as a volunteer member of the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children. This research is not associated with the work of the Congressional Commission.
The researcher also serves as the volunteer chairwoman and administrator of the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare. The Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare is not sponsoring this research. There is no financial conflict of interest.

To limit potential conflicts, the online survey will be anonymous. The researcher will not know who participated. This disclosure is made so that you can decide if this relationship will affect your willingness to participate in this study. No action will be taken against an individual based on his or her decision to participate in or withdraw from this study.

Voluntary Nature of the Study: Participation in this study is voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with Liberty University. If you decide to participate, you are free to not answer any question or withdraw at any time prior to submitting the survey.

How to Withdraw from the Study: If you choose to withdraw from the study, please exit the survey and close your internet browser. Your responses will not be recorded or included in the study.

Contacts and Questions: The researcher conducting this study is Elizabeth Morris. If you have questions, you are encouraged to contact her at emorris51@liberty.edu. You may also contact the researcher’s Faculty Chair, Dr. Jennifer Purvis, at jpurvis1@liberty.edu.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this study and would like to talk to someone other than the researcher, you are encouraged to contact the Institutional Review Board, 1971 University Blvd., Green Hall Ste. 1887, Lynchburg, VA 24515 or email at irb@liberty.edu.

Please notify the researcher if you would like a copy of this information for your records.