Parents' Values Survey

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Informed Consent

Voluntary Consent to Participate in a Research Survey

I agree to participate in the research work of Pam Rooks, a graduate student in sociology at the University of Central Missouri. If I have questions, I can contact her at 913-206-6888 or pam.rooks@gmail.com.

I understand that the purpose of the research is to explore the opinions and values of different groups of parents and that I must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

I understand that I will be asked questions about my ideas, beliefs and practices regarding parenting and marriage as well as basic demographic information including household information, ethnicity, religion and political affiliation.

I understand that my participation is fully voluntary. I understand I can decline to answer any question I don’t want to answer and I can end my participation at any point I choose.

All information collected will be anonymous and I understand that neither my name nor any other identifying information will be collected.

My participation has no risks and no reward beyond the gratitude of the researcher and the possible personal satisfaction of having helped to further the academic understanding of today's parents.

If I have any questions about my participation, I know I can contact Dr. Kamel Ghozzi (660-543-8686 or Ghozzi@ucmo.edu) who is coordinating this research or I can contact the Human Subjects Protection Officer at the University of Central Missouri (660-543-4621).

Checking the box below indicates that I am at least 18 years of age and that I have read and understood and give informed consent for the following survey.

Please print a copy of this page for your records.

Thank you!
What is your current marital status?
What is your gender?
In what state do you currently reside?
Which category below includes your age?
Please list the ages of your children
For at least eight consecutive years of your childhood, how would you describe the arrangement of your household in terms of guardianship?
When you were growing up, how many siblings (or other children) lived in your home for at least four years?
What was your mother's level of education when you were ten years old?
What was your father's level of education when you were ten years old?
What is your current level of education?
With regard to religion, with which religious group do you identify?
How religious are you, if at all? (Where 0 indicates "not at all" and 7 indicates "very religious")
Which of the following political parties comes closest to representing your views?
In what kind of place did you grow up?
Which of the following most accurately describes your employment? (Please read all of the responses before answering and choose only one.)
If you are not currently working, do you expect to return to work within the next four months?
While parents often combine employment and caring for children in a variety of ways, which of the following BEST describes you, in terms of your relationship between work and caring for children?
If you are staying home with the children, is this an intentional choice you have made or a default choice related to underemployment? (If it is a little of both, please choose the answer which describes the better portion of your reasoning.) If you are not a stay-at-home parent, please select the third option from the list.
Before taxes, what was your total family income last year, from all sources?
For the following section, please ask yourself, "What values are important to ME as a guiding principle in my life, and what values are less important to me?" There are two lists of values. These values come from different cultures. In the parentheses following each value is an explanation that may help you to understand its meaning.

Your task its to rate how important each value is for you as a guiding principle in your life. Use the rating scale below:

0 -- means the value is not at all important, it is not relevant as a guiding principle for you
3 -- means the value is important
6 -- means the value is very important

The higher the number, the more important the value is as a guiding principle in your life.

-1 is for rating any values opposed to the principles that guide you
7 is for rating a value of supreme importance as a guiding principle in your life; ordinarily there are no more than two such values

Please select from the buttons below. Try to distinguish as much as possible between the values by using all the numbers. You will, of course, need to use numbers more than once.

Before you begin, read the values in the list, choose the one that is most important to you and rate its importance. Next, choose the value that is most opposed to your values and rate it -1. If there is no such value, choose the value least important to you and rate it 0 or 1, according to its importance. Then rate the rest of the values in the list.

Values List I:
-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important123 Important456 Very Important7 Of Supreme Importance
Equality (equal opportunity for all)
Inner Harmony (at peace with myself)
Social Power (social control over others, dominance)
Pleasure (gratification of desires)
Freedom (freedom of action and thought)
A Spiritual Life (emphasis on spiritual not material matters)
Sense of Belonging (feeling that others care about me)
Social Order (stability of society)
An Exciting Life (stimulating experiences)
Meaning in Life (a purpose in life)
Politeness (courtesy, good manners)
Wealth (material possessions, money)
National Security (protection of my nation from enemies)
Self-Respect (belief in one's own worth)
Reciprocation of Favors (avoidance of indebtedness)
Creativity (uniqueness, imagination)
A World at Peace (free of war and conflict)
Respect for Tradition (preservation of time-honored customs)
Mature Love (deep emotional and spiritual intimacy)
Self-discipline (self-restraint, resistance to temptation)
Privacy (the right to have a private sphere)
Family Security (safety for loved ones)
Social Recognition (respect, approval by others)
Unity with Nature (fitting into nature)
A Varied Life (filled with challenge, novelty and change)
Wisdom (a mature understanding of life)
Authority (the right to lead or command)
True Friendship (close, supportive friends)
A World of Beauty (beauty of nature and the arts)
Social Justice (correcting injustice, care for the weak)
Values List II:

Now rate how important each of the following values is for you as a guiding principle in your life. These values are phrased as ways of acting that may be more or less important for you. Once again, try to distinguish as much as possible between the values by using all the numbers.

Before you begin, read the values in List II, choose the one that is most important to you and rate its importance. Next choose the value that is most opposed to your values or, if there is no such value, choose the value least important to you and rate it -1, 0, or 1, according to its importance. Then rate the rest of the values.
-1 Opposed to my values0 Not important123 Important456 Very Important7 Of Supreme Importance
Independent (self-reliant, self-sufficient)
Moderate (avoiding extremes of feeling and action)
Loyal (faithful to my friends, group)
Ambitious (hard working, aspiring)
Broadminded (tolerant of different ideas and beliefs)
Humble (modest, self-effacing)
Daring (seeking adventure, risk)
Protecting the Environment (preserving nature)
Influential (having an impact on people and events)
Honoring of Parents and Elders (showing respect)
Choosing own Goals (selecting own purposes)
Healthy (not being sick physically or mentally)
Capable (competent, effective, efficient)
Accepting my Portion in Life (submitting to life's circumstances)
Honest (genuine, sincere)
Preserving my Public Image (protecting my "face")
Obedient (dutiful, meeting obligations)
Intelligent (logical, thinking)
Helpful (working for the welfare of others)
Enjoying Life (enjoying food, sex, leisure, etc.)
Devout (holding to religious faith and belief)
Responsible (dependable, reliable)
Curious (interested in everything, exploring)
Forgiving (willing to pardon others)
Successful (achieving goals)
Clean (neat, tidy)
Self-indulgent (doing pleasant things)
Finally, could you please write a brief description of your work including your occupation, how much time you spend working, and the culture of the company for which you work (if applicable)?
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