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  • This is an anonymous survey for parents who are currently in the process of divorcing or separating.

  • It will ask you questions about your desires, concerns, and perspectives.

  • At the end, you will receive your scores on 14 different scales.

The information below describes this project. Click the "agree" button at the bottom of the page if you chose to complete this survey.

You are invited to complete an anonymous survey as part of a psychological research study being conducted by Dr. Keith Sanford at Baylor University. This study is testing a new survey designed to assess the concerns and desires of parents who are divorcing or separating. When the new survey is finished, it will be used to help divorcing and separating parents reach agreements and make decisions that are satisfying for each parent and good for their children. Thus, others may benefit in the future from the information that is learned in this study.

To complete this survey, you will be asked questions about your experiences, thoughts, and feelings related to being a parent and going through a separation or divorce. The survey will include questions about you, about the other parent, and about your children. Completion of this survey is expected to take approximately 20 minutes.

At the end of the survey, you will be able to view your scores on 14 different scales. It is possible that you may find this survey beneficial because the process of answering questions and viewing your scores may help you clarify your own personal perspectives and priorities. However, your may not experience this benefit, and there is also a risk that you may find it unpleasant or stressful to think about your experiences with separation or divorce. If you do not want to answer questions about these experiences, you should not participate in this research.

Your responses on this survey will be anonymous and it will not be possible for Dr. Sanford or any of the researchers working on this project to determine who you are. To assist the researchers in matching responses that might be submitted from two members of the same parenting dyad, you will be asked to submit encrypted information regarding birth and anniversary dates. This information will be encrypted in a manner that will allow the researchers to determine when two people submit matching dates, and to do so without knowing which dates were actually submitted. Otherwise, you will not be asked to submit any identifying information. It is important to note that your participation in this online survey involves risks similar to a person's everyday use of the Internet, which could include illegal interception of the data by another party. If you are concerned about the security of the data you send, you should not participate in this research.

Taking part in this study is your choice. You are free not to take part or to withdraw at any time for any reason. No matter what you decide, there will be no penalty or loss of benefit to which you are otherwise entitled.

Because this survey is freely available on the Internet, the researchers cannot control the environments in which surveys are taken, and there is a possibility that some people may do something inappropriate. For example, it would be inappropriate for a divorce mediator to make a divorcing parent feel like he or she needs to complete this survey to receive fair treatment in mediation. It would also be inappropriate for someone to watch you, without your permission, to determine whether or not you are actually completing this survey. Although the researchers cannot control the actions of people who are not part of this study, the survey is designed in a way to reduce the risk of something causing a person to feel pressure to participate in this study. Because this survey is anonymous, it will not be possible for the researchers to determine who has completed this survey and who has not. In addition, the survey will begin by asking if you feel pressured to participate, and if you state that you feel pressured, you will be instructed either to exit the survey or to give random answers to all the questions. The researchers will not use data from any person who reports feeling pressured.

This study is being conducted by Keith Sanford, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University. If you have any questions or concerns about the study or any problems that result from participation you may contact Dr. Keith Sanford at Baylor University, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, One Bear Place #97334, Waco, TX 76798-7334, phone number 254-710-2256. If you want to speak with someone not directly involved in this research study, you may contact the Baylor University IRB through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at 254-710-1438. You can contact this office to talk about your rights as a research subject, your concerns about the research, or a complaint about the research.

By clicking the button bellow I am attesting that I am at least 18 years old, that I have read and understood the information above, and that I freely give my consent to participate in this research.