Informed Consent

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INTRODUCTION: This study is conducted by the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston. We seek to identify factors associated with a father's involvement in his child(ren)’s life from either the father or mother’s perspective. You are invited to complete this online survey on a voluntary basis. There are two versions of the questionnaire: a male version and a female version. Please fill out the questionnaire relevant to your gender. It will take about 30 minutes to complete; you may also write additional comments related to fathering behaviors at the end.

PARTICIPATION: Your answers are based on your own opinion and experience and there are no right-or-wrong answers. There is no need for you to spend too much time on each question and you may use your first reaction as your answer. This questionnaire is anonymous; your personal identity will not be known to us and your information will be reported collectively with other participants’ input. Both versions contain six parts. You may skip any questions; the computer will code an unanswered item with an “I don’t know” answer.

DEFINITION OF "PARENT," "FATHER," "MOTHER,” "PARTNER," or "THE CHILD'S OTHER PARENT": These terms are used in the survey to indicate your parenting role in relation to your child (or your partner's child) that you are living with, taking care of, or have joint custody. You may be in a cohabiting or marital relationship. The 'child' must be younger than 18 years of age. ‘Father’ or ‘mother’ is used in the survey to indicate your parenting role based on gender, which may include the biological parent, stepparent, kinship parent, legal guardian, adoptive parent or cohabiting partner of the child's other parent (or “partner”) who also lives with the child. If you have more than one child, please choose one child as a reference point for your answers. If you are in a same sex relationship, please answer the survey according to your gender.