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Informed Consent 

 

Project Title:

Parent Evaluations of Traditional and Consumer-focused School Psychoeducational Reports

 

Researcher/Principal Investigator:

John Hite Ed.S, Researcher

Bob Lichtenstein Ph.D, Research Committee Chair

 

Purpose of the Study:

 

Thank you for expressing interest in participating in my research study!

 

This research is being conducted by John Hite at William James College in partial fulfillment of a doctoral degree in psychology.  I am inviting you to participate in this research study if you meet both of the following criteria: a) you are a parent or guardian of a child or children between ages 3 and 21 and b) your child has had a psychoeducational/psychological evaluation or you have considered referring them for evaluation in the past year. 

 

The purpose of my research project is to examine how parents rate two different styles of psychoeducational reports completed by a school psychologist.  This form will provide you with additional information about this study, what will be asked of you and any known risks or benefits that may come from your participation. 

 

I encourage you to read this form carefully and ask any questions you may have.  If you decide to participate, you will be asked to indicate with “I consent” at the bottom of this page.

 

Procedures:

 

The procedures for this study include reading shortened versions of two different types of psychoeducational reports, completing a brief background questionnaire, and two 11-item report questionnaires (one per report) focusing on your rating of the reports.  It will take about 15-30 minutes to read the reports and complete all questionnaires. 

 

Potential Risks and Discomforts:

 

By participating in this study, you may experience different feelings or questions depending on previous experiences involving psychoeducational evaluations.  Participants can contact their state or local Learning Disabilities Association of America (http://ldaamerica.org/support/state-local-affiliates/) for parent resources.  Additionally, you may contact me to discuss any distress or other issues related to study participation.  

 

Potential Benefits:

 

School psychologists do not have much information about what they could do to make psychoeducational reports more useful to parents.  A major benefit of this study is the potential to provide information that can be used to help graduate training and improve reports written by school psychologists. Other benefits of participating in this study include the potential to increase your awareness of different styles of psychoeducational reports and ways to evaluate their usefulness.  This knowledge could also potentially empower you to become a better consumer of school psychological services. The data collected may also be used for future publication, teaching, and professional training for school psychologists. 

 

Confidentiality:

 

This online Qualtrics has been designed using an anonymous response link so that no information regarding your IP address or any other form of personally identifiable information will be collected as part of this study. 

 

Right to Withdraw and Questions:

 

Your participation in this online survey is completely voluntary.  You may choose not to take part at all.  If you decide to participate in this research, you may stop participating at any time without consequence. You are free to skip any questions you do not feel comfortable answering or discontinue the survey at any point by closing the browser window.

 

Participant Rights and Study Contacts:

 

For questions, comments, or to follow up on results of this research after the study has been completed please contact the primary investigator John Hite by email, john_hite@williamjames.edu or by calling 207.332.0655.  You may also contact research committee chair Dr. Bob Lichtenstein by email, bob_lichtenstein@williamjames.edu or by calling 617-327-6777 Ext. 1561.

 

This research has been reviewed and approved according to the William James College IRB procedures for research involving human subjects.

 

If you have questions or concerns regarding your rights as a participant in this study, or if you wish to report a concern or complaint, you may contact:

 

Dr. Edward De Vos

Institutional Review Board Chair

William James College

 

1 Wells Ave

Newton, MA 02459

 E-mail: edward_devos@WilliamJames.edu

or irb@WilliamJames.edu

 

 

By selecting “I consent” below, you indicate that you are at least 18 years of age; you have read this consent form or have had it read to you; your questions have been answered to your satisfaction and you voluntarily agree to participate in this research study.