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Call for research participants

The lived parental experience of child- to-parent abuse in Northern Ireland

Invitation

If you have completed the Parenting NI ‘walking on egg shells’ programme you are being invited to take  part in a research study which seeks to explore the experiences of parents and carers who have encountered child-to-parent abuse. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being undertaken and what it will involve. Please take 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.

The study is being undertaken by Elizabeth Cowdean, an MSc Psychology student at Queens University Belfast and is being supervised by Dr. Katrina Mc Laughlin. This research study has been approved by the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Ethic Committee at Queen’s University Belfast.

What is the research about?

Child and adolescent abuse towards their parent/s or carer/s is a worldwide phenomenon and furthermore is increasing at an alarming rate.  However, to date very little research has been taken into this area (as opposed to other forms of family violence). Therefore, the main aim of this research is to understand this experience that is present within many homes and effects many families. We want to learn more about what parents and carers have to say about child-to-parent abuse and what can be done to prevent it. We also want to find out about the ‘Walking on eggshells’ programme and what it was like taking part in it.

What would I be asked to do if I took part?

The interview will be conducted by Elizabeth Cowdean, an Msc Psychology student from Queens University Belfast who will help you talk about your experiences by posing a few questions. This interview is an opportunity for you to tell your story.  Elizabeth will help you identify which aspects you most want to talk about and will be interested in hearing whatever you think is important about your experiences of child-to-parent abuse.

The interview will take approximately 60 minutes and will take place in the Parenting NI Belfast office, within a room where other people cannot hear what you are saying and in which you feel comfortable. This interview will be recorded so that there is an accurate record of what has been said. You can ask for the recording to be stopped at any time during the interview.

What about confidentiality?

After the interview, Elizabeth will listen to the recording and type up what was said, your interview will then be deleted from the audio recorder. All recording equipment and typed up interviews will be kept securely in a locked environment. Within any written transcripts or finished typed materials your name (and the names of any other identifiable people or places) will be changed to aid anonymity.

Everything you say in the interview is completely confidential and will be anonymised within the written dissertation. However, if someone who is being interviewed did say that they, or someone else, were at risk of harm or danger then Elizabeth would be obliged to inform another person about this.

What happens to the collected data?

When the interviews have finished Elizabeth will look at the interviews that have been conducted as she will want to use quotes from interviews in the written material she will produce from this research. Elizabeth will remove any information which could be used to identify you or anyone else you have mentioned during the interview. The written material will be used to help those who work in the area of child- to-parent abuse to better understand the perspectives of parents and carers affected by this form of abuse/violence.

What happens if I do not want to take part or change my mind?

You do not have to take part in the research if you do not want to. Feel free to ask Elizabeth any questions that you have about taking part and if you do decide to take part, you do not have to answer any questions you do not want to answer.

If you change your mind about being involved in the research you can stop the interview at any time without having to explain your reason for doing so.

If you wish to withdraw from the study after your interview has taken place you can do so and ask that any information you supplied (which will now be in the form of an audio recording or a typed transcript) be withdrawn or destroyed. Elizabeth must be contacted and informed of your decision no later than one week after the interview has been conducted.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Elizabeth. Please do so by emailing: ecowdean01@qub.ac.uk

The Big Parenting Survey 2018!


Since 1979, Parenting NI has been supporting parents across Northern Ireland. We have helped thousands of parents, grandparents, kinship carers and others in parenting roles with issues ranging from bedtimes to anti-social behaviour.

Over the past 39 years, we have become the trusted voice of parents in Northern Ireland. In part because of our experience in helping parents when they most need it, Parenting NI has been able to stand up for them. We have helped to promote the importance and centrality of parents in policy relating to children, and we have worked hard to ensure that their voices were heard at the most crucial points over the last four decades.

An important aspect of advocating for parents is ensuring that we are listening to what they want and need. We have always been guided by parents, and acted for parents in our activities. We are always seeking new ways enhance our understanding of parent’s needs and concerns, and this year we are launching our largest ever parent’s survey, The Big Parenting Survey 2018!

The online survey will run from the 3rd of September until the 3rd of October 2018. In it, we are calling upon as many individuals in parenting roles living in Northern Ireland to give us their thoughts and views about being a parent in Northern Ireland today.

  • It doesn’t matter if you are a new parent, or if your children are grown.
  • It doesn’t matter if you are a kinship carer or a grandparent.
  • It doesn’t matter if you live in Belfast or Fermanagh.
  • It doesn’t matter if you have never accessed Parenting NI’s services.

Please help us to better understand the real experiences and issues faced by parents by completing the online survey here. We’d also really appreciate it if you could share the link as widely as possible to help us get as many responses as possible and so it is reflective of the experiences of all parents throughout Northern Ireland. You can share the link (https://www.questionpro.com/t/ALEXYZcgi9) on social media using the hashtag #BigParentingSurvey. 

We’d like to thank you all for your help and support in advance.