The Role of Humor in Family Resilience for Families with Chronically Ill or Disabled Children

You are invited to take part in a study about the role of humor in family resilience. You are being asked to participate because you are the parent of a child who is ill or disabled.


Who is the Principal Researcher?
Cheryl Whitten, M. S.
Doctoral Student
Counselor Education and Research
University of Arkansas

Who is the Faculty Advisor?
Dr. Arie Greenleaf, PhD
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Research
University of Arkansas

What is the purpose of this research study?
The purpose of this study is to examine how families stay strong against stressors. In particular the survey examines the family’s use of humor to reduce the effects of stressful events.

Who will participate in this study?
Parents of children with chronic illness or disability.

What am I being asked to do?
Complete a survey consisting of 4 short answers and one short essay question.

What are the possible risks or discomforts?
There are no anticipated risks of participating as this survey focuses on factors in family resilience.

What are the possible benefits of this study?
There are no anticipated benefits for the participants of this survey. Information gathered from this survey will be used in education to train professionals on ways to help families cope with the stress related to a child’s illness or disability.

How long will the study last?
This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Will I receive compensation for my time and inconvenience if I choose to participate in this study?
No compensation will be provided.

Will I have to pay for anything?
No There will be no expense related to completing this survey.

What are the options if I do not want to be in the study?
If you do not want to be in this study, you may refuse to participate. Also, you may refuse to participate at any time during the study.Your job, your grade, your relationship with the University will not be affected in any way if you refuse to participate.

How will my confidentiality be protected?
No identifying information will be collected. All information will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by applicable State and Federal law.
Data will be anonymouse and records will be secured on computer by password.

Will I know the results of the study?
At the conclusion of the study you will have the right to request feedback about the results. You may contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Arie Greenleaf, PhD at or Principal Researcher, Cheryl Whitten, MS at
You may print a copy of this form for your files.

What do I do if I have questions about the research study?
You have the right to contact the Principal Researcher or Faculty Advisor as listed above for any concerns that you may have.

You may also contact the University of Arkansas Research Compliance office listed below if you have questions about your rights as a participant, or to discuss any concerns about, or problems with the research.

Ro Windwalker, CIP
Institutional Review Board Coordinator
Research Compliance
University of Arkansas
210 Administration
Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201

I have read the above statement and have been able to ask questions and express concerns, which have been satisfactorily responded to by the investigator. I understand the purpose of the study as well as the potential benefits and risks that are involved. I understand that participation is voluntary. I understand that significant new findings developed during this research will be shared with the participant. I understand that no rights have been waived by consenting to participate. I understand that by submitting this survey I am implying my informed consent. I may print a copy of the consent form.