ARE YOU EXPECTING YOUR SECOND CHILD?
IF SO, I NEED YOUR HELP!
Would you like the opportunity to express your own views and experiences on becoming a parent for the second time?
My name is Deborah Rodriguez and I am doing a PhD in Psychology at Middlesex University. My research will follow couples on their journey to and through the transition to second-time parenthood, capturing the addition of your new family member. This is an area of research that has hardly been explored, and will help to provide some insights into what parents’ experiences are of their relationships when they have a second child.
I am interested in how you experience this new period in your lives, and you can help by sharing your story with me.
I would like to meet with both partners of the same couple several times, from when the pregnancy of the second child is at around the 6 months stage through to the first year of the child’s life to catch the transition to second-time parenthood.
The research primarily involves interviews, where you can talk about whatever you like with regards to your relational and parenting experiences. The research process is very flexible, and will be arranged around times and locations that are convenient for you. Information provided will be completely confidential and anonymised.
If you are interested in participating, or would like to know more about the research, please feel free to contact me. Please note that by contacting me, this does not commit you to taking part.
Or if you know any couples who are currently pregnant with their second child and think they may be interested in sharing their experiences, please pass them my details.
Thank you for taking the time to read this,
Please contact me for more information and to take part.
Second-time Parenthood and Relationships
Research Participant Information Sheet
You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take your time to read the following information carefully, and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take your time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.
I am interested in exploring the issues that are of importance to couples who are having a second child together and so the research will follow couples on their journey to and through the transition to second-time parenthood, capturing the addition of your new family member. This is an area of research that has hardly been explored, and will help to provide some insight into what parents’ experiences are of their relationships when they have a second child.
What will participation involve?
I would like to talk to both partners of couples individually, and these interviews will start when the pregnancy of the second child is at around the 6 month stage. This first interview will consist of a biographical interview about your life story, lasting around 2 hours approximately. A separate interview will take place about 3-4 weeks after, lasting approximately 45 minutes. The following individual interviews will also take approximately 45 minutes at roughly 3 month intervals after the birth of the second child.
The research will be based on a few open-ended questions, so it will feel more like a conversation where you are free to talk about whatever you would like to express in relation to your relational experiences. The interviews are flexible, and can take place at times and places that are convenient for you. Although I do not anticipate it, if you feel uncomfortable at any point, we can take a break or stop the interview.
I will ask whether you would fill in a diary where you can write anything you like about your experiences. This is so that I am able to capture everyday experiences at times when I am not there to follow your journey. Diaries will be provided by myself and be collected every time we meet.
In between interviews, I will ask you to take 4 – 6 photos that represent ‘a day in your life.’ I will then arrange separate interviews where we will discuss the photos you have taken.
Although I ask that both partners of couples complete the biographical interview and following interviews, it’s up to you whether also take part in the other methods, and how often (e.g.: diaries, photo-based interview). You may wish to do some but not others at different times. It is entirely up to you, and there is no pressure whatsoever. There will also be opportunities for you to provide feedback on the work should you wish to.
Interviews will be audio-recorded and then I will write up them up. These files will be stored securely on a password protected computer. The information you provide will be kept completely confidential and your identity will remain anonymous throughout the research process. I will ask you to choose your own pseudonym (made up name to hide your identity).
Information discussed in individual interviews will not be shared by me with your partner.
The data from this research will be used for my PhD thesis and ensuing academic work. It will also form part of academic papers, presentations and publications. I would be happy to share the outcome of my research with you.
Although there currently are no plans, I would not like to rule out any follow-up research and so in the consent form you will be asked whether you would be willing to be recontacted at a later date. Even if you agree now, at the point of the future contact you may decline with no obligation.
The study will be conducted by me, Deborah Rodriguez, and I will be supervised throughout by a senior academic, Dr Nollaig Frost, at Middlesex University. You will be given a copy of this Information Sheet and will be asked to sign a Consent Form before taking part in the study. Participation in this research is entirely voluntary. You do not have to take part if you do not want to. If you decide to take part you are free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason. All proposals for research using human participants are reviewed by an Ethics Committee before they can proceed. The Middlesex Psychology Department’s Ethics Committee have reviewed this proposal.
Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions, either before, during or after the research process, and thank you very much for considering participation in this study!
Supervisors: Dr Nollaig Frost
Dr Andrea Oskis
School of Health and Education
The Burroughs, Hendon
London NW4 4BT
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