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The impact of work and family responsibilities on fathers' parenting confidence and satisfaction

Plain Language Information Statement

Date: February 2019

Full Project Title: The impact of work and family responsibilities on fathers' parenting confidence and parenting satisfaction.


Principal Researcher: Dr Mandy Kienhuis
            Phone: (03) 9813 3400
            Email: mandy.kienhuis@cairnmillar.edu.au

Student Researcher: Emma Abeyaratne
            Email: 01966-17@cairnmillar.edu.au
 
To Participant

You are invited to participate in a research study examining the impact of work and family demands on fathers’ parenting confidence and satisfaction. We are also interested in how gender attitudes and parenting perfectionism may influence this relationship. 

This research is being conducted by a student researcher, Emma Abeyaratne, as partial fulfilment of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the Cairnmillar Institute, under the supervision of Dr Mandy Kienhuis.

This Plain Language Information Statement contains information about the research project and aims to explain to you all procedures involved. This is so you can make a fully informed decision about whether to participate in the study.

What is the aim of this study?
This study aims to advance the current understanding of the impact of work and family demands on fathers’ parenting confidence and satisfaction and the individual differences that may influence this relationship. This study also aims to raise awareness of the importance of understanding fathers’ parenting experience. 

Am I able to participate?
We are seeking fathers who are:
  • over the age of 18 years; and  
  • living in Australia; and
  • caring for child/children under the age of 5 years; and
  • employed either full-time, part-time or casually.  
What will I need to do if I agree to participate?
You will be asked to complete a survey which is provided online using SurveyGizmo. You will be provided with a secure link to the survey. The survey will begin with demographic questions (e.g., age, employment status, level of education) and then will ask you a series of questions about your work and family responsibilities, your parenting (e.g., how confident you feel with parenting tasks), your gender attitudes (e.g., whether decisions about responsibility for certain household tasks should be made based on gender), and perfectionism (e.g., whether your think it is important to be a perfect parent). Some questions might ask you to indicate the degree to which you agree with a statement on a scale, others might ask you to rate your agreement with a statement by picking a percentage. 
Example questions: 
  • “My work prevents me spending sufficient quality time with my family”
  • “One of my goals is to be a “perfect” parent”
Participation is completely voluntary, and anonymous, and there are no consequences of non-participation. Consent to participate will be implied by the submission of your survey responses.

How long will the survey take?
The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete. You can do this in your own time on a personal computer or mobile device.

What will happen to the information I provide?
The findings from this data will be written up as a thesis for a Master of Psychology (Clinical). The findings may also be published in psychology journals or presented at research conferences. No identifying information will be collected from you, and you will not be identified in any reports or publications. 
No identifying information will be collected from you, so your responses will be anonymous. Further, the information you provide will be secured on a password protected computer, and only the Principal Researcher and Student Researcher will have access to the data. In accordance with the Human Research Ethics Committee guidelines, the data will be deleted 5 years after publication of the thesis or after other papers which arise as a result of the research conducted are published.

If you would like to be provided with a summary of results after the conclusion of the study, please contact the Principal Researcher, Dr Mandy Kienhuis, using the contact details provided above.

Withdrawal from research
If you decide to participate you are free to withdraw at any time prior to submission of your online survey responses. Please note that because researchers will not be obtaining any identifying information, withdrawal will not be possible after you have submitted your survey responses.

Possible risks associated with participation
Participation in this study should pose minimal, if any, risks to you outside your normal day-to-day activities. If you are unduly concerned about your responses to any of the survey items or if you find participation in the project distressing, you can contact the following services, (available 24 hours/7 days a week) for free support:

Mensline: 1300 78 99 78
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Maternal and Child Health Line: 13 22 29

Possible benefits
Your involvement in this project is greatly appreciated. Your participation will contribute to broadening the knowledge of factors related to fathers’ parenting experience.

Who to contact if you have further questions
You may contact the Secretary to the Ethics Committee (see below) if you have any concerns about the conduct of the research project. 

In Summary
Your consent to participate:
  • I have read and have an understanding of the Plain Language Information Statement;
  • I understand that this project is being conducted for research purposes only;
  • I have had the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification about any aspect of the research;
  • I understand that my participation is voluntary and there will be no consequences of my choosing not to participate;
  • I understand I can withdraw from the study at any time prior to completing the survey, and;
  • I understand that all information I provide is confidential and I will not be identifiable.

To get started
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This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The Cairnmillar Institute and will comply with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, 2007).

If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about your rights as a research participant, then you may contact the Secretary to the Human Research Ethics Committee.  All contact details can be found below: 

Secretary to the HREC
The Cairnmillar Institute

391-393 Tooronga Road
Hawthorn East 3123

Phone: 03 9813 3400

Email: hrec@cairnmillar.edu.au