RESEARCH STUDY RECRUITMENT INVITATION
: Zero to five: Co-parenting when a spouse has autism
Researcher : Cathryn Rench, PhD,
Dear Prospective Participant:
You are invited to
participate in a research study about what it is like to share early
childhood parenting responsibilities with a spouse/former spouse who has
autism. I am conducting this study as my final project requirement
toward certification in Infant-Parent Mental Health (IPMH), a two-year
postgraduate fellowship program at the University of
Massachusetts-Boston. The results of the study will be presented at the
2014-2015 UMass-Boston IPMH colloquium November 5-7, 2015.
You may choose to provide
specific stories of your experience either in writing or a face-to-face
interview via Cisco WebEx teleconference. Your participation is
voluntary, and you may withdraw from the study at any time.
Data collection will last
until October 25, 2015.
To participate in this study:
(1) You are/were legally
married to someone who received a formal diagnosis of Asperger
syndrome or autism spectrum disorder from a mental health professional.
(2) You have experience raising one or more children between ages 0 and
5 years with your
(3) You have not been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome/autism spectrum
disorder, and have no reason
to believe that you might have Asperger syndrome/autism spectrum
(4) You accept to participate in a brief individual pre-interview
screening phone call with the researcher,
where you will be asked to provide personal information, such as your
age, gender, occupation, and
(5) You are over the age of 18 years.
The confidential nature of the information and your identity will be
strictly protected, as well as the identity of all other people to whom
you refer. I would be grateful for a response via email to let me
know if you are interested in participating in this study or have any
Thank you for your help,
Cathryn Rench, PhD, NCC,
Author of the study When Eros meets autos: Marriage to someone with
autism spectrum disorder