CHILD AND PARENT EMOTION AND SLEEP STUDY (ChESS)
You are being invited to participate in the screening phase of a research study about children’s and parents’ emotions, sleep, and stress. Responses to screening questionnaire items will be used to determine eligibility for continuing participation to the main phase of the study (see below for more information about participation in the main study phase).
The purpose of this study is to understand associations between children’s and parent’s emotions and behavior and how sleep and related factors impact these associations. This study is conducted by Dr. Sara Bufferd of the University of Louisville. There are no known risks for your participation in the screening phase of this study. The information collected may not benefit you directly. The information learned in this study may be helpful to others. The information you provide will contribute to research examining important topics in child emotional development. Your completed survey will be stored in password protected files in our locked research laboratory accessible only by trained study staff.
This screening survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Individuals from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Human Subjects Protection Program Office (HSPPO), and other regulatory agencies may inspect these records. In all other respects, however, the data will be held in confidence to the extent permitted by law. Should the data be published, your identity will not be disclosed.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a Certificate of Confidentiality to further protect your privacy. With this Certificate, the investigator may not disclose research information that may identify you in any Federal, State, or local civil, criminal, administrative, legislative, or other proceedings, unless you have consented for this use. Research information protected by this Certificate cannot be disclosed to anyone else who is not connected with the research unless:
1) there is a law that requires disclosure (such as to report child abuse or communicable diseases but not for legal proceedings);
2) you have consented to the disclosure, including for your medical treatment; or
3) the research information is used for other scientific research, as allowed by federal regulations protecting research participants.
You should understand that a Confidentiality Certificate does not prevent you or a member of your family from voluntarily releasing information about yourself or your involvement in this research. If you want your research information released to an insurer, medical care provider, or any other person not connected with the research, you must provide consent to allow the researchers to release it. This means that you and your family must also actively protect your own privacy. Finally, you should understand that the investigator is not prevented from taking steps, including reporting to authorities, to prevent serious harm to yourself or others.
Taking part in this study is voluntary. By answering survey questions, you agree to take part in the screening phase of this research study. You do not have to answer any questions that make you uncomfortable. You may choose not to take part at all. If you decide to be in this study you may stop taking part at any time. If you decide not to be in this study or if you stop taking part at any time, you will not be penalized.
If you are eligible and interested in participating in the main study phase, participation will include the following activities for a total possible payment up to $180 depending on the number of activities completed. You will be asked to:
- Complete an online survey that will take approximately 65-75 minutes. You will be paid $25 in a prepaid gift card for your participation.
- Visit the laboratory with your 3-5-year-old child. You and your child will be asked to complete several activities for about 30 minutes ($30 payment) and each provide very small hair samples so that we can measure cortisol ($30 payment, $15 per sample).
- Complete brief (5-10 minute) online daily diary surveys at home twice per day for 16 days (morning and evening).
- Have you and your child wear an actigraph monitor at home, which is like a wristwatch and records physical activity and sleep, 24 hours a day for 16 days. The watch will be removed for activities like swimming and bathing.
Payment for the diaries and actigraph monitoring will be up to $95 total depending on the number of diaries completed.
If your child has a second parent/caregiver and/or a preschool/childcare teacher, we will ask for their contact information to request that they complete surveys; they will be compensated for their time. It is your choice whether to provide this information and it is their choice to decide whether to participate. These choices will not impact your eligibility for participating in the main study phase.
More details about these activities will be provided upon enrollment in the main study phase for eligible participants.
If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, you may call the Human Subjects Protection Program Office at (502) 852-5188. You can discuss any questions about your rights as a research subject, in private, with a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is an independent committee made up of people from the University community, staff of the institutions, as well as people from the community not connected with these institutions. The IRB has reviewed this research study.
If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the research study, please contact Dr. Sara Bufferd, 502-852-9174.
If you have concerns or complaints about the research or research staff and you do not wish to give your name, you may call 1-877-852-1167. This is a 24-hour hot line answered by people who do not work at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Sara Bufferd