Dear Group Members,
My name is Kiran and I am currently a Master's student at Purdue University Calumet. At this time, I am in the process of conducting a research study to complete my master's program requirements. As part of my thesis project, I am studying the impact of caregiver stress, caregiver self-efficacy, and spirituality/religiosity on relationship satisfaction for those caring for children with developmental disabilities. I hope to use the results of this study to develop clinical implications for practice within the marriage and family therapy field and add to the literature regarding the caregiver experience. At this time, I would like to request your assistance in participating in the study, or distributing the information to those who may fit the eligibility criteria listed below. I would also appreciate your help in sharing this information with your family members, colleagues, or friends who may be willing and interested in participating.
· Individuals between the ages of 18-65 who identify as informal (non-paid) caregivers
· Informal caregivers who provide support to children between 3-17 years of age diagnosed with developmental disabilities
· Current U.S. residents
· Caregivers who have been in their current relationship for at least six months
Participation in this research study is completely voluntary. Participants may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty. The responses obtained through the web-based survey will be kept confidential and will not be linked in any way directly to the participants.
ACCESS TO SURVEY
Caregivers who are interested in participating in this study may access the survey using the link below. The link provided will direct participants to the survey, which explains the project in further detail.
I would appreciate it if you could forward this message to all caregivers who may be interested in participating in the study. Should you have any questions or need clarification, please contact thesis chair Dr. David P. Nalbone at 219-989-2712 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This research project was approved by the Institutional Review Board at Purdue University on 11/05/2015, protocol number 1510016589.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Kiran M. Hussain
Purdue University Calumet
Marriage and Family Therapy Program