1. Parenting Survey

5% of survey complete.

* 1. Informed Consent

Principal Investigators: Sharon G. Horne, Ph.D., Heidi Levitt, Ph.D., Teresa Reeves, M.S.

Description of the study:
Participants in this study will be asked to take an online survey that will require approximately 20 minutes to complete. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences of same-sex parents who are raising children together.

This study has been approved by the University of Memphis Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects. Approval number: E10-43.

To participate in this study, participants must:
*be at least 18 years of age
*live in the United States or Canada
*currently be in a relationship with and living with a same-sex partner with whom you have co-created a child
*have at least 1 child under the age of 18 living in the home

There are no foreseeable risks to individuals for participating in this study. Individuals may feel mildly uncomfortable by reflecting on limited legal rights.

Participants may benefit from participation in this study by developing a greater awareness of their situation as same-sex parents by reflecting on their experience as parents. Participants may also benefit by knowing they are contributing to research that is GLBT-affirmative.

Participation will be anonymous. Volunteers will complete an online survey that does not ask for participants’ names or other identifying information.

If you have any questions or concerns about this study, you may contact the principal investigator, Sharon Horne, Ph.D. at (901) 678-1413. Questions about your rights as a research participant may also be directed to the Chair of the Committee for the Protection of Human Research Participants of the University of Memphis at (901) 678-2533.

Terminating the study:
Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Beginning the survey in no way obligates participants to complete the survey. Participants may quit the study at any time with no consequences.

Concluding Statement:
By agreeing to take the survey I acknowledge that I am at least 18 years of age, and have read and understood the above statements.