Informed Consent

TITLE OF PROJECT: Risk and Resilience in Military Families
SPONSOR: The University of Calgary
INVESTIGATOR: Danae Laut, MSc., PhD Student, Werklund School of Education, Counselling Psychology (403) 771-0964
SUPERVISOR: Sharon Robertson, PhD., R.Psych., Professor, Werklund School of Education, Counselling Psychology, 403-220-6542,

This consent form, a copy of which has been given to you, is only part of the process of informed consent. If you want more details about something mentioned here, or information not included here, you should feel free to ask. Please take the time to read this carefully and to understand any accompanying information.

The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this research study.

The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between adolescent mental health and a parent's Occupational Stress Injury-related symptoms, as well as protective factors in military families that help the adolescent thrive. This study also seeks to understand the relationship between adolescent’s mental health and their relationship with their parents. We hope that this study will give us a better idea of how we can support military families.

You will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire asking about your symptoms related to an Occupational Stress Injury (OSI). You may find some of these questions upsetting or distressing and have the right to discontinue your participation in the survey should you feel overwhelmed. You will be given a sheet of resources that will be available to you if you feel upset or distressed by the questions asked. Your child will be asked to complete a questionnaire about their socio-emotional functioning, their strengths, and their relationship with you. Your child may find some of these questions sensitive in nature and may refuse to participate if they find the questions overwhelming or distressing. The resource sheet given to you will also include mental health/crisis resources for your child. Your portion of the study should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and your child’s portion of the study should take approximately 30-45 minutes for them to complete. 

You and your child’s participation in this portion of the study is completely voluntary and you may refuse to participate at any time if you feel uncomfortable continuing with the study. You may withdraw yourself or your child at any time without penalty or explanation, up to two weeks following your completion of the survey.

At the end of the survey, you will be forwarded information regarding a second component of the study involving an interview with your child. Participation in the additional portion of the study is completely voluntary your child is not obliged to take part in it. Participation or lack of participation in the second portion of the study will not impact your eligibility for the incentive.

All participants shall remain anonymous and any identifying information collected will remain confidential. Your email address will not be linked to your survey data at any time. Should you agree to participate, you will be asked to provide your gender, age, ethnicity, military status (if applicable), and family characteristics (e.g., number of children, ages).

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