1. Information Sheet (page 1)

 
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What is this study about?

This is one of the most comprehensive surveys of women's adoption decision-making experiences ever conducted. The focus of the project is on the experiences of Australian and US women.

The aim of the survey is to gather information on women's decision-making during pregnancy and mental health after placement of a child for adoption.

Many women did not experience adoption as a choice or decision that they made, but as a coerced or sometimes even forced act. For these women, the language contained within the survey may be difficult when it refers to 'decision'.

There are however open ended questions where you can give clarifying information about your personal experience and we encourage you to do so.

It is anticipated that the results of the survey will help inform the development of adoption practices that meet the informational and support needs of women throughout the decision-making process and beyond.

Who is conducting this Study?

Bowling Green State University Professor, Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D. in collaboration with Ms. Deborah Garratt, MS., Director of Real Choices Australia.

What does participation in the study involve?

Your participation in this study involves the completion of this online survey. The survey questions ask about your reproductive history, the time of your pregnancy with the child you placed for adoption, the birth of your child, your feelings after the adoption, and your feelings today. In addition, there are some brief mental health measures.

How much time will the survey take?

The survey consists of over 300 questions, although not all questions will be relevant to you and you can skip through them. Because of the length of survey it may take you up to 1.5 hours to complete. You may leave the survey and come back to it at another time using the original link. The survey allows only one completed entry from an individual ISP address (This is the address from which your computer is connected to the internet). You must therefore come back to the survey using the same computer and location.

How will my identity be protected?

We do not ask for any personal identification information and your responses are completely anonymous. We recommend clearing the internet browser and page history on your computer to prevent others who may use the computer from viewing your responses.

How do I provide consent to participate and may I withdraw from the study once I begin?

Commencement of the survey is an indication that you have been informed of information relevant to participation and you are providing consent to participate in the study.

Beginning this survey is completely voluntary and you may exit the survey at any time. Because your responses are all anonymous, we have no way of identifying you in order to withdraw responses that you provide. Therefore the responses you give may still be used as part of the overall study even if you do not finish the survey.

Who will know the results?

Group-level results of the study will be published in academic journals. However, we do not collect any information that will personally identify you during this survey.

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