Participant Information Statement

9 April 2021
Dr Jill Duncan
Senior Lecturer, School of Education

You are invited to participate in the research project identified above, which is being conducted by me, Dr Jill Duncan, from the School of Education at the University of Newcastle and Dr Renee Punch, from the Faculty of Health at Southern Cross University.

This research is funded by the J&K Wonderland Foundation.

Why is the research being done?
Social capital refers to the benefits derived from networks of relationships between people and groups of people. There are many documented benefits of social capital. Social capital has a potential buffering effect against negative outcomes for young people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This research will be conducted in two stages through interviews. Stage one of the research aims to investigate how high-achieving young adults who are deaf develop social capital. Stage two of the research aims to create intervention strategies that may assist practitioners in targeting the development of social capital with adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Who can participate in the research?
We are seeking 15 young adults, who are deaf or hard of hearing, have a bilateral moderate to profound hearing loss, use spoken English to communicate, are aged 18-23 years and attending university in Australia to participate in this research. If more than 15 young adults choose to participate, researchers will randomly select 15 people.

What would you be asked to do?
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to provide basic demographic information, such as age, gender, and level of hearing loss. You will then participate in two semi-structured interviews approximately four to six months apart by either Dr Duncan or Dr Punch via the online platform Zoom. Both interviews will have real-time captioning. The first interview will include questions about your social capital development. Topics will include supports and networks you had at high school, what or who was helpful to you in deciding what to do after finishing high school, your interests and work experience in high school, and whether you had any role models who had a hearing loss.

In the second interview, you will be provided with feedback about the findings from the first interviews and will be consulted about preliminary social capital development interventions for adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing. You will be provided with another Participant Information Statement and Consent Form before taking part in the second interview.

All interviews will be recorded and transcribed by a professional transcription service, which is bound by a confidentiality agreement to protect individual participant privacy. You will have the opportunity to review the transcriptions of your interviews and make changes to them. Both interview recordings will be deleted once interviews have been transcribed and verified.

If you agree to participate, you will be given a unique identifier so that your name will not be used in any aspect of the research, including the interviews and the interview transcripts.

You will receive a $75 Mastercard voucher, sent to you via email, after each interview, in appreciation of your time in assisting with this research.
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