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Research Call from UCD. ADHD: Is there an App for that (helping with homework)?

Dear Parent,

 This study is being carried out by Dr. Blanaid Gavin, Associate Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Dr. Gavin is working on this project with two colleagues Professor Fiona McNicholas and Professor Gary O’Reilly. Dr. Gavin and Professor McNicholas are based in the School of Medicine and Professor O’Reilly is based in the School of Psychology.

 This study has been set up to explore whether it is possible to design a therapeutic intervention which is helpful to parents of children with ADHD. The hope is that the intervention will aid parents to help their child at homework time.

What is this research about?

This study is looking at what therapeutic supports may be helpful to parents of children with ADHD to help children manage better at homework time.

 Why I am doing this research?

As a parent of a child with ADHD, you will be asked for your views of the challenges for children with ADHD in doing homework and what might be helpful to you to support your child’s progress.

 Why have you been invited to take part?

As a parent of a child with ADHD you have direct experience of the challenges involved with homework time and we would like to understand more about these challenges and what you would consider useful in helping you.

 How will your data be used?

We hope to use the information you provide to design a Homework Focused Parenting Program which will be developed over time into an App available for all parents of children with ADHD.

What will happen if you decide to take part in this research study?

If you decide to participate in this research study, you will be asked to participate in one Focus Group of two hour’s duration. This group will consist of approximately 6 parents who also have children with ADHD. You will be asked to share your thoughts on the challenges that children with ADHD have with homework and what might be helpful to you to support them.

How will your privacy be protected?

At the start of the group, all participants will be advised of the confidential nature of the group discussion. All contributions that you give to the discussion will be recorded anonymously. The information given to us by you will be kept in confidence and stored in a locked filing cabinet. In order to help others, the results of this study may be published in a report, book or article but you and your child will not be identified or recognizable in any published material.

Why I am doing this research?

As a parent of a child with ADHD, you will be asked for your views of the challenges for children with ADHD in doing homework and what might be helpful to you to support your child’s progress.

Why have you been invited to take part?

As a parent of a child with ADHD you have direct experience of the challenges involved with homework time and we would like to understand more about these challenges and what you would consider useful in helping you.

What are the benefits of taking part in this study?

The focus group will provide you with an opportunity to share any challenges you may have had in supporting your child with ADHD with the homework process. It will allow you to contribute any ideas you may have as to what might help other parents in a similar situation. These ideas will help with the design of a new Homework Focused Parenting Programme specifically designed to meet the needs of parents.

What are the risks of taking part in the study?

You might find it upsetting to talk about the difficulties you or your child has experienced. However, the researcher is highly trained in supporting people who are upset or distressed and the group will be run in a very supportive manner. If at any time you were to become distressed the researcher will respond by offering immediate reassurance and the opportunity to take a break and/or withdraw will be available at all times.

Can you change your mind at any stage and withdraw from the study?

Yes, if at any time you decide that you do not wish to participate you may withdraw and there are no negative consequences for you or your child in choosing not to participate. Should you choose to withdraw it will not affect your child’s treatment in any way.

How will you find out what happens with this project?

On completion of the study, a summary will be written up of the findings and outcomes and will be circulated to all participants.

Contact Details:

Should you have any further questions about this study, please do not hesitate to contact:

 

Dr Blánaid Gavin

Associate Professor Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Room C315 School of Medicine and Medical Sciences

Email: blanaid.gavin@ucd.ie

 

 

 

If you are happy to participate in this study, please sign below.

I understand the proposed study and I am happy to participate.

 

Signature of Parent: ___________________________

 

Date: ______________________