Informed Consent

You are invited to participate in a research study that will investigate parents’ attitudes, feelings, and behaviors in response to situations where their child shows signs of anxiety. If you are not 18 years of age or older, and do not have a child between the ages of 5 and 13 please do not complete this survey.  This study is being conducted by Caitlin Burditt, MA, as her dissertation in partial fulfillment of a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Rhode Island. 

If you decide to take part in this study, the following questionnaire will ask you a number of questions about your emotional and behavioral responses during times when your child is anxious.  In addition, we will ask you about the importance of factors that may influence your views of your child’s anxiety as well as your actions when they are anxious. You will also be asked to provide some background information about yourself and your child.  This survey will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete.

The possible risks or discomforts of the study are minimal.  Although there are no direct benefits of the study, some people find participation in research informative and personally beneficial.  Your answers will also help increase knowledge about parenting and child anxiety.  It is our hope that your participation in the study will help researchers to develop interventions to help parents use more effective strategies to help their children manage anxiety.

Your part in this study is anonymous.  Survey responses will be collected online, and no personally identifying information will be requested that could create a link between you and your private information.  Please do not type your name or any identifying information about yourself on the survey.  Your responses on the survey will not be associated with you in any way.  

The decision to take part in this study is completely up to you and participation is voluntary.  If you no longer wish to participate, you may exit the survey at anytime. There are no financial costs to you for participation in this research project.  A decision not to participate will not affect your relationship with the University of Rhode Island or the researchers in any way.
Participation in this study is not expected to be harmful or injurious to you.  However, if this study causes you any injury or harm, you should write or call Caitlin Burditt, MA at URI, (401)-874-9051 or Mark L. Robbins, Ph. D. at URI, (401) 874.5028.  If you find any of these questions upsetting and you wish to talk with a counselor, please use the phone number listed below:

Child Anxiety Program at the Psychological Consultation Center: 401.874.4263

If you have any other questions or concerns about this study, or have questions about your rights as a research subject, you may contact the Vice President for Research  (401) 874-4328.

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You are making a decision whether or not to participate in this study.

  Marking the “I CONSENT to participate in this study” implies that:

you are at least 18 years old

you have at least one child between the ages of 5 and 13

you have read and you understand this consent form

your questions have been answered to your satisfaction

you agree to participate in this study.