1. Participant Information Sheet

Purpose of the research
This is an invitation for you to participate in a research project being conducted by Kayla Steele, as part of the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) program, under the supervision of Professor Brin Grenyer and Dr. Michelle Townsend of the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong. The purpose of the research is investigate parents’ perceptions of stress, satisfaction and parenting efficacy, and whether this is influenced by how participants were parented as children. The study involves conducting questionnaires with participants who are currently parenting a child aged zero to 19 years of age, hence this is an invitation for you to participate. 

Researchers
Kayla Steele, PhD (Clinical Psychology) Candidate, Northfields Clinic, University of Wollongong, Australia; Phone: +61 423 671 608; Email: ks586@uowmail.edu.au
Professor Brin Grenyer, Department of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia; Phone:  +61 2 4221 3474, Email: grenyer@uow.edu.au
Dr. Michelle Townsend, Department of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia; Phone +61 2 4298 1304, Email: mtownsen@uow.edu.au 

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 one hour to complete. You will be asked questions relating to your experience of being a parent, your mental health and how you were parented as a child, including item such as "When I was growing up… People in my family said hurtful or insulting things to me”.

Possible risks, inconveniences and discomforts
Apart from the one hour of your time to complete the online questionnaire, we do not foresee any risks for you. However, participants may find that some of the questions, particularly those that ask them if they experienced abuse, trauma or neglect as a child, to be particularly sensitive. The purpose of these questions is to better understand how parent’s early experiences of how they were parented might influence their role as a parent. 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 healthcare service or visit the Project Air Strategy website, where you can find information about parenting and complex mental health issues (https://projectairstrategy.org/index.html). 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. 

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 of immediate practical benefit to researchers who are developing and trialling a brief parenting intervention for individuals with mental health issues, who are also parents. These results will be used inform and evaluate the intervention, and may also be published in journal articles or presented at conferences. As this is an anonymous survey, 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: 2018/368). 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 rso-ethics@uow.edu.au.

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* 1. If you decide to participate 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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