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Intergenerational Family Relationships in the Digital Age



Dr. Jared M. Wright, Ph.D., and Dr. Gulcin Con Wright, Ph.D.



Key Information

Please take time to review this information carefully. This is a research study conducted by Drs. Jared M. Wright and Gulcin Con Wright to understand the intergenerational ties between older parents (65+) and their adult children (18+) who do not reside in the same household as them. Your participation in this study is voluntary which means that you may choose not to participate at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.  You may ask questions to the researchers about the study whenever you would like. If you decide to take part in the study, you will be asked to sign this form, be sure you understand what you will do and any possible risks or benefits. 


What is the purpose of this study? 

You are being asked to participate in this survey in order to understand how family relationships and communication between older parents and their adult children are influenced and mediated by digital media. While much research has been done examining this relationship from the younger generation’s perspective, very few have inquired into the perspectives of the older parents. You are being asked to participate in this study because you are a parent aged 65 or older with (at least one) living adult child who does not live in the same household as yourself. Approximately 50 older parents such as yourself are expected to be surveyed for this study.


What will I do if I choose to be in this study? 

You will be asked to participate in a short online survey that will address questions about your adult children, your social media usage, and your attitudes about social media as it affects your relationship with your adult child. In addition, if you consent, you may be contacted for a follow-up interview. 


How long will I be in the study? 

The survey will last approximately 20-30 minutes. The follow-up interview, if you opt in, would last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.


What are the possible risks or discomforts? 

The risks associated with the survey and interview are no greater than regular everyday activities. Breach of confidentiality is always a risk and the safeguards used to minimize this risk can be found in the confidentiality section below.


Are there any potential benefits?   

You may enjoy talking about your family relations or social media activities with an interested listener. Beyond that, there are no direct benefits from your participation in this research. There may be benefits to general knowledge about family relationships in the digital age, which may potentially benefit scholars, policymakers, and society.


Will information about me and my participation be kept confidential? 

The project's research records may be reviewed for regulatory and research oversight. The data will be stored securely and will only be accessible the Principle Investigators (Jared Wright and Gulcin Con Wright). Your participation will be totally confidential. The results may be used for a publishable academic article in the future. Any extracts from what you say that are quoted will be entirely confidential and credited only to pseudonyms.


What are my rights if I take part in this study?

Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may choose not to participate or, if you agree to participate, you can withdraw your participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.


Who can I contact if I have questions about the study?

If you have questions or concerns about this research project, you can talk to one of the researchers.  Please contact the PIs at the following email address (fsmstudy2021@gmail.com). 


Documentation of Informed Consent

By clicking the "Next" button below, I confirm that I have had the opportunity to read this consent form and have the research study explained. I have had the opportunity to contact the researchers to ask questions about the study, and my questions have been answered. I am prepared to participate in the research study described above. 

There are 25 questions in this survey.
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