What is the purpose of this study?

This study is examining blood pressure in children and parents. We are interested in family influences on blood pressure. This study is not a health check-up.

Do I have to take part?

No, participation in the study is entirely up to you and your child.

What will happen to me if I take part?

You will complete an interview on the phone or on campus, to determine your age, gender, child’s age, and so on. You will come to the laboratory with your child for an hour, during which time your blood pressure is monitored. Finally, we will give you a questionnaire to take home and complete.

What will happen to my child if I take part?

Your child will have his/her blood pressure monitored in the laboratory while completing some tasks (e.g., a jigsaw puzzle). You will be present for the full session.

How can I explain to my child what this study is about?

We have an information sheet available for children that explains the purpose and procedures involved in the study. Upon your visit to the laboratory, you and your child will have the opportunity to ask questions about the procedures and and examine the blood pressure equipment. If at this time your child is not interested in participating, you should feel no obligation to take part.

How long will my part in the study last?

The telephone/personal interview should take approximately 40 minutes. The laboratory session lasts approximately 1 hour. Finally, the questionnaire will take about 40 mins, and can be completed in your own home. In total, your participation should last under 3 hours excluding travel time to and from NUIG for the laboratory session. Participation in the study will take place at times that are convenient to you.

How long will my child’s part in the study last?

Your child’s participation in the study will last for less than 1 hour.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

This study will add to the research exploring family processes that affect children’s and parents’ blood pressure. While there are no direct benefits from taking part, parents and children find the experience interesting and enjoyable. It is also an opportunity to see how psychological research is carried out.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There are no risks involved in taking part. A disadvantage of the taking part is that you will have to give up some time to attend the lab and complete the questionnaire.

What happens at the end of the study?

The results of the study may not be published for up to two years following its completion. A summary of results will be made available to you before this time. You can also sign up to a mailing list that will forward you any scientific articles or conference proceedings arising from the data. No identifying information will be published at any stage.

What happens if I or my child changes mind during the study?

You and your child should feel under no obligation at any stage to continuing participating in the study. If during the laboratory session you or your child would prefer to discontinue participation it is entirely your choice to do so. We remain very grateful for your time.

Whom do I contact for more information or if I have further concerns?

You should contact Ann-Marie Creaven by email: a.creaven1@nuigalway.ie.


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