How Children Cope

What is this research about?
Coping is an important skill children need to learn to manage stress.  This study is investigating how children cope at different ages.

Who is carrying out the study?
The study is being conducted by Dr Helen Stallman, Dr Jeneva Ohan and Dr Belinda Chiera at the University of South Australia.

Who is eligible to participate?
To participate in this study, you need to be the parent of a child between the ages of 1 and 17 years.

What does participation involve?
If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a survey that will take about 10 minutes.  The questions include how your child copes, your child's behaviour, and how you cope.

You will also have the option of completing a second briefer survey in two weeks time.  If you decide to do this, you will be asked for your email address.  This information will ONLY be used to contact you about the second survey and to match your data on the two surveys.  It will then be deleted and only your responses will be stored and used.  

No information that could lead to the identification of any individual will be released, unless required by law. The researchers will take every care to keep data confidential. However, anonymous data will be stored on the survey platform and the researchers cannot guarantee the confidentiality or anonymity of material transferred by email or the internet.

After collection of data, the researchers will delete the data from the online platform. The data will be stored on a password-protected network drive at the School of Psychology and Social Work, at the University of South Australia for five years.
What are the benefits for me?
There are no immediate benefits to you from participating in this study.

How do I consent to be part of this project?
Completing this survey will be taken as your consent to participate. Participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time while completing the survey, without penalty.
Participation or non-participation in this study will not affect your relationship with UniSA now or in the future.

What if I require further information?
If you would like to know more at any stage or would like a copy of the results, please feel free to contact Dr Helen Stallman at     

What if I have a complaint or concerns?
This project has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any ethical concerns about the project, questions about your rights as a participant, or complaints about the project or how it is conducted, please contact the Executive Officer of this Committee, email or tel: 8302 3118.

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I have read the Participant Information Sheet and the nature and purpose of the research project has been explained to me. I understand and agree to take part.

I understand the purpose of the research project and my involvement in it.
I understand that I may withdraw from the research project at any stage and that this will not affect my status now or in the future.

I understand that while information gained during the study may be published, I will not be identified and my personal results will remain confidential, unless required by law.