The mediating role of personality in Autism Spectrum Disorder severity and parental distress levels.
Researcher’s Names: Mr David Horne & Dr Rachel Dryer
Researcher’s Relationship to ACAP: Postgraduate Student

(1) What is the study about?
This study aims to understand how a parent/carer’s personality mediates the relationship between the severity of their child’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) characteristics and the distress they experience as a result. Given how important the parent/carer is to the development of the individual diagnosed with ASD, improved understanding of the prevention of distress is desirable.
You have been selected, as you currently are the parent/carer of an individual diagnosed with ASD. Your experience as a caregiver is essential to this project.
There are no risks to you as an individual participating in this research. If you do choose to provide your email, you can go into the draw to win 1 of 3 $50 Myer gift cards.

(2) Who is carrying out the study?
The research is being conducted by David Horne under the supervision of Dr Rachel Dryer (Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Psychological Sciences, ACAP). The research studies contribute to David’s studies for the award of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree course undertaken at The Australian College of Applied Psychology.

(3) What does the study involve?
As a participant in this study, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your experience as a caregiver of an individual diagnosed with ASD along with statements about personality.

(4) How much time will the study take?
Participation will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

(5) Will I incur any costs by participating in the study?
You will incur no costs by participation in this online questionnaire.

(6) Can I tell other people about the study?
We encourage discussion about the project with other family members or friends. We also encourage you to share the link to the questionnaire with any other caregivers of individuals diagnosed with ASD who may be interested in completing the questionnaire.

(7) Will I receive the results of the study?
Results of the study will be communicated in the researcher’s dissertation as well as in the case it is published in a peer-reviewed psychology journal.

(8) Confidentiality and disclosure of information
Information gathered in this study will be non-identifiable and therefor your participation will remain anonymous. If your email is provided, it will be stored separately from any other information gathered so as to maintain confidentiality. Any information gathered will be stored securely on password-protected computers and only accessible by the researchers themselves and the manager of the discipline of psychological sciences. Please note that the research data will be stored securely for at least 5 years or until the results are published in a peer-reviewed journal.

(9) Can I withdraw from the study?
Participation in this study is voluntary and you are not under any obligation to consent to complete the questionnaire/survey. Submitting a completed questionnaire/survey is an indication of your consent to participate in the study. You can withdraw any time prior to submitting your completed questionnaire/survey. Once you have submitted your questionnaire/survey anonymously, your responses cannot be withdrawn. Please note that your decision to participate or not participate in this study will in no way impact on the ASD services you are currently receiving and/or accessing. Participation or non-participation will have no negative consequences on you or your child.
(10) How can I obtain further information?
If you would like to know more at any stage, please feel free to contact Mr David Horne at or Dr Rachel Dryer, the research supervisor at or on +612 96646418.

(11) What can I do if I have a complaint or a concern?
Any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study should be directed to the:

ACAP HREC Secretary
Australian College of Applied Psychology
Locked Bag 11, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012


Any complaint will be investigated promptly and you will be informed of the outcome.

I would be grateful it you could share this link with any other carers of a child with ASD who may be interested in completing the questionnaire.

Your participation would be greatly appreciated.

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* 1. Do you agree to participate in the survey