What is the study about?
You are invited to participate in a study of parents who have had a baby (or babies) born prematurely in an Australian hospital. Researchers from the La Trobe University hope to learn more about some of the factors that might be associated with relationships between couples (parents) and between parents and their children after the premature birth of a child, and how these relationships might be associated with children’s social and emotional development.
What will I be asked to do?
If you want to take part in this study, we will ask you to complete an anonymous online survey. This survey will ask you questions about your child (such as gestational age at birth, length of initial hospital stay, social-emotional and behavioural development), and yourself (such as education, family structure, parenting, stress, your relationships). It will take approximately 20 – 30 minutes of your time to be part of this study.
What are the benefits?
This research project will not provide any direct benefits to you. However, as the survey includes questions about parenting behaviours and child behaviours, you may appreciate the opportunity to reflect on your responses to these items. You may also experience positive feelings associated with helping to contribute new knowledge about family experiences after premature birth. The expected benefits to society in general are that the findings of this study could be used to help inform the development of more effective and targeted early interventions and support for children and parents after premature birth.