Who Can Participate?
What Do You Do?
Expecting parents who are 18 years of
age or older and who are between 28-36
weeks pregnant. If you are pregnant, but not yet 37-weeks pregnant, you are welcome to contact us about participating in the future.
If you choose to participate, it will involve one 90-minute home visit where a researcher will quietly observe interactions within the home. The primary caregiver will also be asked to complete 6 monthly online assessments. We are offering $230 per family for your time.
The records of this study will be kept private. Any written results will discuss group findings and will not include information that will identify you. Research records will be stored on a password protected computer in a locked office and only researchers and individuals responsible for research oversight will have access to the records. In addition, your identity will only ever be linked to your responses temporarily on a single password-protected file stored on the Primary Investigator’s office computer. The reason for this is so that we can contact you over the 6 months you are participating in the study. Once all data has been collected and coded, it will be only linked to your arbitrary ID number, and the record linking your name to your ID will be destroyed. Video recordings will be destroyed as soon as they are coded (approximately 3 months after your participation) to further protect your identity.
To help us protect your privacy, we are in the process of obtaining a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The researchers can use this Certificate to legally refuse to disclose information that may identify you in any federal, state, or local civil, criminal, administrative, legislative, or other proceedings, for example, if there is a court subpoena. The researchers will use the Certificate to resist any demands for information that would identify you.
The Certificate of Confidentiality will not be used to prevent disclosure to state or local authorities of abuse or neglect. Under Oklahoma law, we must report information about known or reasonably suspected incidents of abuse or neglect of a child including physical, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse or neglect. If any investigator has or is given such information, he or she may be required to report such information to the appropriate authorities.