Participant Information sheet for Parents

Purpose of the research
This is an invitation for you to participate in a research project being conducted by Dr. Michelle Townsend and Prof Brin Grenyer of the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong. The purpose of the research is explore adolescent self-harm from the perspective of parents and carers. Self-harm is a growing public health issue and in this research project we aim to understand how parents and carers respond to and support their child when they engage in self-harm behaviours. A key outcome of the study is to develop resources for parents and carers in similar situations. 

Dr. Michelle Townsend, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia; Phone +61 2 4298 1304, Email: 
Professor Brin Grenyer, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia; Phone:  +61 2 4221 3474, Email:  
Emily Matthews, University of Wollongong, Australia, Email:

Method and demands on participants
If you agree to be involved you will be asked to participate in an online questionnaire which is likely to take 40 minutes to complete. You will be asked questions relating your awareness and confidence of responding to your child’s self-harm, information and help you have sought and your perceived effectiveness of this, and what have been the impacts on your family and your broader community. 
After you complete the survey you will be invited to consent to participate in an interview, although there is no obligation to do so. The purpose of this interview is to understand more about your perceptions on your child’s motivations for engaging in self-harm and actions you have taken and the perceived effectiveness of that. 

Possible risks, inconveniences and discomforts
Apart from your time to complete the online questionnaire, we do not foresee any risks for you. However, participants may find that some of the questions to be particularly sensitive. If you are affected by the nature of the survey content or wish to discuss your experience, you may contact the researchers, your local GP or Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue 1300 224 636. Your involvement in the study is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time by simply closing the browser window. If you close your browser window, none of your previous responses will be saved. Declining this invitation to participate or withdrawing from the study will not adversely affect your relationship with the University of Wollongong. If you chose to participate in the interview you are under no obligation to answer the questions and you may withdraw at any time.

Funding and benefits of the research
The study is being funded by the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders at the University of Wollongong. Findings will be used to develop resources for parents in similar situations, and may also be published in journal articles or presented at conferences. The identity of participants will remain confidential. 

Ethics review and complaints
This study has been reviewed by the Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Wollongong (Reference: 2018/547). If you have any concerns or complaints about the way this research is conducted you can contact the Ethics Manager on (02) 4221 4457 or email

Privacy and Confidentiality
Your contribution to the study will be confidential and there will be no personal identification in the data agreed to be used in the study.
If you decide to participate in the online questionnaire in this study, please complete the following questions. By clicking “I ACCEPT” below and answering these questions you are indicating that you agree to participate in this study. If you do not wish to participate, simply close this link.

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* Consent

Thank you for your interest in this study.