Divorce and Child Behavior Study

 
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Post-Divorce Parent Communication and Child Behavior Study

Goal of the Study:
Researchers at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University (Dr. Greta Doctoroff and Alana Siegel) are conducting a study to investigate how communication after a divorce is associated with preschool children’s behavior at home and preschool. The findings of this study will help us understand more about children’s coping after a divorce.

In order to be eligible for the study:
• You must be at least 18-years-old
• You must be fluent in English
• You must have a child between the ages of 2-5 years old
• You must have been divorced from the child’s other parent within the past 3 years
• Your child must currently be attending a full or part-time preschool program

Procedures:
This study involves completing Web-based questionnaires. These questionnaires include questions about you, your relationship with your former spouse and your current relationship with your child, and your child’s behaviors. It is important that you complete the questions in a quiet, private place free of distractions and interruptions. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Risks and Benefits to Being in the Study:
It is not expected that this study will carry any major risks to participants. Some people may find it uncomfortable to think about their relationships, children and emotions. If you experience distress as a result of being in this study and would like to talk with the co-investigator of this study about your concerns, please contact Alana at 718-862-1847.

The information that you provide may help us to learn more about the impact of communication and relationships on preschool-aged children’s behaviors. While this information is helpful, there will be no direct benefit to you or your child.

Compensation:
At the end of the survey, you will have the option to enter your name and contact information to be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card for your time. Your name and contact information will be linked to a separate survey and will not be connected to the information you provide for the study. Entering your name and contact information is entirely optional and you may participate in the study without entering your name and contact information. Your name and contact information will not be provided to anyone and will be maintained confidentially. The drawing for the gift card will take place at the end of the data collection.

Confidentiality
Your research records will be kept private and your name will not be used in any written or verbal reports. Your information will be given a code number and separated from your name or any other information that could identify you. The form that links your name to the code number will be kept in a locked file cabinet and only the investigator and study staff will have access to the file. All information will be kept in a secure manner and computer records will be password protected. Your study information will be kept as long as they are useful for this research.

The only people who can see your research records, which do not contain identifying information, are the Einstein IRB and the Office of Human Research Protection.

Voluntary Nature of the Study:
Your participation is completely voluntary. Further, you do not need to answer any questions on the survey that you do not want to answer. You may also decide not to finish the survey once you have begun it. Finally, you may participate in the survey but decide that you do not want to enter your name and contact information for the raffle. If you do not enter your name and contact information, you will not be entered into the drawing for the gift card.

Contacts and Questions:
The researchers conducting this study are Alana Siegel and Dr. Greta Doctoroff. If you have questions, you may contact Alana Siegel at 718-862-1847 or Dr. Greta Doctoroff at 718-430-3836.
If you would like to talk to someone other than the researcher about: (1) concerns regarding this study, (2) research participant rights, or (3) other human subjects issues, please contact Yeshiva University’s Office of Research Compliance at (718) 430-2237 or write:

1002 Belfer Building

1300 Morris Park Avenue 

Bronx, NY 10461 

Phone: 718-430-2237

Fax: 718-430-8817

We recommend that you print or store a copy of this information for your records.
By clicking next to “I would like to participate in the study” below, you certify that you are at least 18 years of age, that you agree to the terms of this informed consent page, and that you would like to participate in the study.
To participate, you must:
1) Have a child between the ages of 2 to 5-years-old currently attending preschool,
2) Have been divorced from the other parent of this child within the last 3 years
3) Be fluent in English

If you do not wish to participate, please check the option that says, “I do not want to participate in the study.”
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