Welcome to My Survey

Dear potential research participants,

I am Dr. Jina Sang, and I work at the University of Akron, School of Social Work, as an assistant professor. I am doing a research study, which might help social workers and other professionals who work with separated or divorced families do more to help the families live happier lives.

Purpose: It is possible that the social workers or other professionals working with separated or divorced families are not providing some of the services that are important for these families. I am conducting a research study to learn about what individuals experience after divorce or separation. I am inviting you to share your knowledge and understanding with me so that I can find ways of meeting the needs of other separated or divorced families who have similar experiences.

Procedure: Participants will be asked about demographic characteristics, their relationship with children after separation or divorce, feelings, and how they see themselves. The estimated average time to complete this questionnaire is less than 5 minutes. 

Risks: Questions about and recalling separation or divorce can be distressing and may cause psychological suffering (e.g., anger, guilt) to you. You may experience relatively short-term suffering during the survey, but some participants may be disturbed for a longer period of time with flashbacks or unhappy rumination. If you feel distressed, please contact the National Mental Health Crisis Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).

Benefits: There will be no immediate and direct benefit to you, but your participation is likely to help me find out more about the needs of divorced or separated families and I hope that these will help social workers and other professionals to meet those needs better in the future.

Right to refuse or withdraw: Participation in this study is completely voluntary. It means you are free to decline to participate for any reason. You may also stop participating at any time or refuse to answer any individual questions. Even after you start, if you change your mind, you can stop.

Payments to participants: At the end of the survey, you will be asked to provide your email address for a potential phone interview to get a $10 Amazon Gift Card. This will not be connected to your survey responses. 

Confidentiality: I will not be sharing information about you outside of the research team. The information that I collect from this research project will be kept confidential. Information you share during the survey will be put away and no one but the researcher will be able to see it. You will not be asked any identifying information to ensure confidentiality.

Sharing of Research Findings: After I complete the study, I will be sharing what I have learned with the community. I will share the research findings through publications and conferences in order that other interested people may learn from my research. No information will be released that would enable anyone to identify participants.. 

Who to Contact: If you have any questions, please contact me at jsang@uakron.edu. This proposal has been reviewed and approved by the institutional review board (IRB) of the University of Akron. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the IRB at (330) 972-7666. Please print this consent for future reference.