Online parenting studies: Research you can participate in

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Want to participate in research? These online parenting studies are being conducted by researchers in the behavioral and cognitive sciences.

As a rule, each project has been approved by a college or university ethics board. However, before you participate, you should always read the information carefully to make sure you are comfortable with the terms of the study.

Assessment of Bullying Perpetration and Victimization for Parents of Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder

Hannah Morton and Raymond Romanczyk of Binghamton University (SUNY) are seeking parents of children, aged 6-17, to take an online survey.

The survey is designed to help researchers better understand “the specific bullying behaviors experienced by children and adolescents with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).” Parents of children with ASD are especially encouraged to participate.

The survey is anonymous and is estimated take less than 60 minutes to complete. Breaks are permitted during the completion of the survey. Parents who participate may enter a drawing for one of three, $100 gift cards.

To learn more about this study — and give your consent to participate — go to:

New Mothers’ Thoughts of Harm: Prevalence and Relation to OCD and Child Harm   

Nichole Fairbrother, Professor with the University of British Columbia Department of Psychiatry, is seeking new who mothers to participate in an online questionnaire (taking 20-40 minutes).

Mothers must have given birth 0 – 12 months ago, are 18 years or older, and be fluent in English. New mothers must reside in Canada, the USA, Australia, the UK or New Zealand.

The survey is anonymous. The researchers note that they will keep your responses strictly confidential.

The questions will concern the unwelcome, intrusive thoughts that many mothers experience — thoughts about their babies coming to harm. As research assistant Aida Retta explains:

“New motherhood, particularly the first few months, is an exciting time in a woman’s life. It can also be very challenging and stressful. New moms often worry about their baby’s well-being and are anxious about their ability to care for this new member of their family. Many new mothers also experience unwanted, intrusive thoughts about harm coming to their infant. These thoughts can be very distressing. They are the focus of our research. We are hoping to learn more about how common infant-harm thoughts are, as well as how they are related to new mothers’ metal health, well-being and parenting.”

To learn more about the study, and to participate, follow this link:

The pages there include contact information, should you have any questions for Dr. Fairbrother. If you contact them directly, the researchers suggest that you do not provide them with identifying information (like your name), in order to protect your anonymity. 

Disconnected Parenting in the Digital Age: The effects of smart phones

Seeking parents parents that use a smartphone and have children that are 10 years of age or under

Researchers at the University of Sunderland want to understand how “the expanding use of smartphones in everyday life” is affecting parent-child relationships and interactions. They have a questionnaire for parents to fill out; it takes about 20 minutes. For more information, click opens in a new windowhere.

What parenting practices are acceptable to you?

Seeking parents who live in the United States, Canada, Australia, or Western Europe

Jennifer Harman of Colorado State University is seeking parents from certain Western countries to participate in an anonymous, online study about parenting attitudes and practices in these countries.

In particular, she wants to “get a better understanding of which behaviors are most acceptable, and which parenting practices are common” among people in these countries. The survey will also include “a few questions about your marital status, children, and decision-making in your relationship.”

Her research team will not collect any private, identifying information about you. Your answers will be used anonymously as part of a broader project that will compare parenting in these countries with parenting in other parts of the world.

You can read more about the study, and take the survey, by clicking opens in a new windowhere.

Parental policies and awareness of video gaming

Seeking parents at least 18 years of age

Dr. Doug Smith of Southern Oregon University wants to “gain a better understanding of parent’s attitudes toward video games and the degree to which they actively monitor and/or supervise children’s video gaming behaviors.”

If you are a parent age 18 or older, you can help by participating in opens in a new windowthis online survey. No personal information will be collected — just your views — and you can skip questions you don’t feel comfortable answering.

Fathers’ Talking to Children About Puberty

Seeking fathers with children of any age

Mindy Erchull and Kate Richmond of the University of Mary Washington and Muhlenberg College are interested in how fathers talk to their children about puberty.

Their online questionnaire will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Learn more opens in a new windowhere.