Image
Information Sheet for Participants
This project has been approved by the Griffith University Ethics Committee, see Griffith University Research Ethical Clearance Ref No: 2017/148

Reason for this research
This research will be undertaken by Cody Boles as part of her requirements for the Masters of Clinical Psychology program at Griffith University and will be supervised by Dr Jessica Paynter. The aim of the present study is to gain an understanding of what interventions psychologists use when working with adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and comorbid mental health disorders and how they may adapt therapy to suit their needs. It also aims to explore the level of self-efficacy psychologists have in working with this population. We are seeking psychologists, both provisional and registered, who have or are currently working with adolescents and adults (15 years+) with ASD and comorbid mental health disorders (i.e. depression and anxiety disorders). We will be asking you questions about: (1) you (education, age etc), (2) your work environment, (3) your intervention practices, (4) your confidence in working with adults with ASD and without ASD, and (5) where you gain information from that informs your practice. Responses will be collated and only the amalgamated results will be shared with the wider research community (e.g., via journal articles and as part of a thesis).

Research Questions
(1) Do psychologists report using practices that are empirically supported treatments (ESTs) in the general population for the treatment of anxiety and depression in adolescents and adults with ASD and do they find these practices useful for this population?
(2) How do psychologists adapt therapy and treat adolescents and adults with ASD and comorbid depression and anxiety?
(3) Do psychologists report lower self-efficacy in treating these individuals?
 
What you will be asked to do.
You are invited to participate in this research by completing an online questionnaire. The questionnaire is anonymous, you will not be asked to identify yourself. It is estimated that the questionnaire will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

Participation in this research is entirely voluntary. Your decision to participate will not result in any kind of penalty or judgement or in any way impact upon your current or future relationship with Griffith University or the researchers. Withdrawal from the research will not be possible upon return of the completed questionnaire as it will not be possible to identify individual responses given data is collected anonymously.

Expected benefits.
Although you may not benefit directly from participating in this research, this research will more generally contribute to understanding the factors that underlie the use of specific interventions by psychologists who work with people with ASD. It is hoped in the future that this information will assist in obtaining further training for psychologists who work with individuals with ASD and outline adaptations to treatment of comorbid anxiety and/or depression in this population.

Risk management
No risks are envisaged from participating in this research. Individual responses are not identifiable to the researchers as the questionnaires are completed anonymously. Griffith University conducts research in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans. Electronic data will be stored on password protected computers and research servers belonging to the research team. Data will be retained on these servers for a period of 5 years, and will be destroyed using the University confidential waste service, in accordance with Griffith University policy when it is no longer required. Please feel free to contact the researchers if you have any questions. We also ask that participants do not post information about the study on social media webpages (e.g. Facebook) to ensure anonymity of participants.

Feedback to you
Results from this study will be disseminated via a thesis to Griffith University which may lead to a publication in an academic journal/s as well. As participation will be anonymous, it will be not be possible to share results with you specifically. However, all participants are invited to contact the researchers should you wish to receive aggregated results which will be provided via a lay summary.

Questions, concerns and further information
Griffith University conducts research in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Please feel free to contact the researchers if you have any questions. If you have any additional questions or concerns about ethical issues, please contact the Manager, Research Ethics, at Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee (research-ethics@griffith.edu.au ; (07) 3735 4375).

Completion of this survey will be taken as your consent to participate in the research.

T