Consent Form for Research

Project title: Teacher knowledge and attitudes about child mental health

Dear Participant:

You are invited to take part in the research project described below. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Uchenna Jones, MA at (203) 508-0341 or Ellen Flannery-Schroeder, Ph.D., ABPP at (401) 874-4219, the people mainly responsible for this study.

The purpose of this study is to understand teachers’ opinions and experiences with the mental health needs of elementary and middle school students. The study will focus on factors associated with teachers’ recognition of mental health issues in their students. You will be asked to provide some background demographic information as well as to complete questionnaires regarding your thoughts about child mental health issues. Responses to several questionnaires will be collected using the online survey tool, SurveyMonkey. Your responses will remain anonymous and confidential. You will not be asked to provide your name or any other identifying information as part of this study. The survey requires approximately 15 minutes to complete.

YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD to be in this research project. Eligible participants include teachers and other elementary or middle school personnel who interact frequently with students. Teachers and other school personnel will be included because the aim of the study to understand the recognition and response to child mental health issues within the school setting.

If you decide to take part in this study, your participation will involve filling out survey questionnaires pertaining to your thoughts about child mental health issues.

The possible risks or discomforts of the study are minimal, although some participants may feel some discomfort answering questions about topics related to their workplace.

Although there are no direct benefits of the study, your answers will help increase the knowledge regarding ways that teachers and other school personnel can be supported in helping children with mental health needs.

Your part in this study is anonymous. That means that your answers to all questions are private. After completing your part in the study, you will have the option to request a presentation of the results by entering your email address. Your email address will not be connected to your responses in any way. No one else can find out what your answers were. Scientific reports will be based on group data and will not identify you or any individual as being in this project. 

The decision to participate in this research project is up to you. You do not have to participate and you can refuse to answer any question. In addition, you may end your participation at any time without consequence.

Participation in this study is not expected to be harmful or injurious to you. However, if this study causes you any injury, you should write to or call Uchenna Jones, MA or Ellen Flannery-Schroeder, Ph.D., ABPP at the University of Rhode Island, Department of Psychology, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI, 02881 or at (401) 874-4219.

If you have other concerns about this study or if you have questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the University of Rhode Island's Vice President for Research and Economic Development, 70 Lower College Road, Suite 2, URI, Kingston, RI, (401) 874-4328.

You are at least 18 years old. You have read the consent form and your questions have been answered to your satisfaction. Your filling out the survey implies your consent to participate in this study.

Thank you,

Uchenna Jones, MA and Ellen Flannery-Schroeder, Ph.D., ABPP

* 1. Do you consent to participate in this study?