Survey of Student Parents at Sonoma State University: Attitudes, Experiences, and Challenges
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You are invited to participate in a research study under the direction of Dr. Sheila Katz of the Department of Sociology at Sonoma State University (SSU), and sponsored by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, DC. Taking part in this research is entirely voluntary. This study is designed to collect information about the circumstances and experiences of college students with children to improve understanding about supports that can help them succeed in achieving their educational goals.

If you choose to take part in this study, you will next be presented with a series of questions about your background, including educational history and aspirations, employment, parental status, as well as various aspects of your college activities and experience. The survey should take no more than 20 to 25 minutes to complete. You may refuse to answer any of the questions, and you may stop your participation in this study at any time.

There are few possible risks or discomforts you could experience during this study; these include a low risk that someone else would see you completing the survey (the survey itself is anonymous and does not attach names, e-mail addresses or other identifiers to your responses) or psychological discomfort if you find any of the questions unsettling. A few questions in the survey ask about personal issues such as anxiety, depression, physical abuse, alcohol and drug use. As noted above, you are free to skip any questions you do not wish to answer. If you find that you feel distressed after completing the survey, please seek counseling or other assistance from the appropriate resources available through your school or community.

You will not benefit directly from your participation in the study. Your participation, however, may contribute to knowledge that will help improve college supports for students. The questionnaire does not collect names or other identifying information, so we are confident that we will succeed in keeping your information confidential; however, this cannot be guaranteed absolutely. We will not ask for your name or e-mail address, nor will we collect web identifiers such as the IP addresses (a number assigned to a computer that identifies it within a network) of questionnaire respondents.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs of Sonoma State University, at telephone number (707) 664-2448, can provide further information about your rights as a research participant. Further information regarding this study may be obtained by contacting Tiffany Boiman, Senior Outreach and Policy Associate at IWPR who will serve as key staff liaison for this study, at telephone number (202) 684-7534 or by e-mail at boiman@iwpr.org . Alternatively, you may also contact the study’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Sheila Katz, by e-mail at sheila.katz@sonoma.edu, or by phone at (707) 664-2583.

Your willingness to participate in this research study is implied if you proceed. Please feel free to print this document in case you want to read it again.

 
 
 
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