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APPENDIX B Participant Informed Consent

Title of the Study: Attachment Injuries in Stepcouples

Investigator: This study is conducted by Julia B. Sayre, master’s student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Human Development Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

I. Purpose of this Research

This study explores the conflicts that stepcouples have and how they affect the stepcouple relationship.

II. Procedures

As a participant in this study, you will be asked to complete a brief screening questionnaire, and then may be asked to complete an interview consisting of eight initial questions. It is expected the interview will take approximately one to two hours, and will be completed in an online “chat” format, telephone or face-to-face. Interviews by phone or in person will be audiotaped. Additionally, you may be asked for an additional interview to clarify your responses, which may take another 30 to 60 minutes. Total time for participation is anticipated to be 2 to 3 hours.

III. Risks and Benefits of this Project

There is no anticipated risk to participants in this study. The interview questions do focus on relational or family problems. If you find that you would like to explore these issues f urther, you may be referred to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) website for a list of therapists in your area. You should be aware that the researcher has a duty to report a suspicion of child abuse, or potential harm to yourself or someone else.

You may find benefit in speaking about your stepfamily issues with the knowledge that you are contributing to relevant research. Also, you will be provided a summary of findings from the study results at your request.

IV. Anonymity and Confidentiality

This informed consent form is the only document that will contain your name; it will remain in a locked cabinet, separate from any other information you provide. Screening questions will not contain identifying information, although you are offered the option of stating your children’s first names for purposes of discussion. Any identifying information in online communications will be deleted or blacked out of printed interview transcripts.

V. Compensation

There is no compensation, other than our gratitude and appreciation for your time and attention in participating. Results of this study may be provided to you at your request.

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