Explanation of Research & Study Consent

UCF IRB Approved Explanation of Research & Study Consent

Explanation of Research
Family Adjustment Measure Project

Dear Sir or Madam:

My name is Dr. Andrew Daire and I am an Associate Professor in the University of Central (UCF) Counselor Education program and the Executive Director for the Marriage & Family Research Institute. My research assistant, Ms. Vanessa Dominguez, and I are developing an adjustment measure for families that have children with special needs. We are requesting your participation in this research because you are at least 18 years of age, married and the parent of a child with a special need. All participants must be in a committed, monogamous relationship. Whether you take part is up to you.

Your participation will involve completing the following surveys online: the Informational Questionnaire, the Family Adjustment Measure, the Relationship Assessment Scale, and the Perceived Stress Scale. The surveys will take approximately 30 to 35 minutes to complete. All information that you provide is anonymous; there will be no way to identify you.

You will not directly benefit from this study. However, the information you provide may assist in further defining the concept of coping and adaptability in families that have children with special needs. Participants will not be compensated for participation. However, Dr. Andrew Daire and the UCF Marriage and Family Research Institute will:

a) Conduct a conference call or webinar to present progress and results of study.
b) Conduct a 90 minute teleconference or webinar on a topic related to family adjustment.
c) Make the assessment freely available to professionals working with these families once development is complete.

Please go to http://mfri.ucf.edu in April 2011 for information on the workshop or webinar.

If you are willing to participate, please select the NEXT button below and you will be connected to the Family Adjustment Measure Project surveys. If not, you can simply close your browser.

Study contact for questions about the study or to report a problem: If you have questions, concerns, or complaints Dr. Andrew Daire (407-823-0385) or at adaire@mail.ucf.edu.

IRB contact about your rights in the study or to report a complaint: Research at the University of Central Florida involving human participants is carried out under the oversight of the Institutional Review Board (UCF IRB). This research has been reviewed and approved by the IRB. For information about the rights of people who take part in research, please contact: Institutional Review Board, University of Central Florida, Office of Research & Commercialization, 12201 Research Parkway, Suite 501, Orlando, FL 32826-3246 or by telephone at (407) 823-2901.

Thank you for your consideration and participation.

Sincerely,
Dr. Andrew P. Daire & Vanessa Dominguez
IRB Number: SBE-10-06718
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