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If you are interested in participating in the Pennsylvania Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (PALSPAC) and the Pennsylvania Twin Registry (PAtwins), please review the following text. The link to consent is below.

Implied Informed Consent Form for Research

The Pennsylvania State University

Title of Project:

Pennsylvania Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (PALSPAC)

Principal Investigator:

Jenae Neiderhiser, Department of Psychology

411 Moore Bldg., University Park, PA 16802

(814) 865-4818;

  1. Introduction: You are invited to take part in the Pennsylvania Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (PALSPAC). Before you decide to be a part of this research study, you need to understand the risks and benefits. This consent form provides information about the research study. A staff member from PALSPAC will be available to answer any questions you may have and provide further explanation.
  2. Purpose of the Study: We are creating a registry of twins, children and parents in the state of Pennsylvania.
  3. Procedures to be followed: This consent form is only for your participation in the registry and a one-time survey that you may complete by mail or through the Web. We also are asking you if you are willing to be contacted for follow-up studies as your children grow. If you are willing to take part, your information will be kept in a secure location for future contact for follow-up studies. Each time we ask you to take part in any future study you will be provided a new consent form detailing the particular topic.
  4. Discomforts and Risks: There is a risk of loss of confidentiality if your information or your identity is obtained by someone other than the investigators, but precautions will be taken to prevent this from happening.
  5. Benefits: There are no direct benefits to you or your family by becoming a part of the registry.
  6. Statement of Confidentiality: Unless you grant permission in the registry to allow the information you provide to be shared with other researchers, the information will be kept confidential. The registry information will be maintained in a password protected and encrypted computer file at Penn State. Any printed material containing identifiable information will be kept in the principal investigator’s locked office in a locked filing cabinet.

Penn State’s Office for Research Protections, the Institutional Review Board, and the Office for Human Research Protections in the Department of Health and Human Services may review records related to this project.

  1. Right to Ask Questions: Please call the head of the research study (principal investigator), Jenae Neiderhiser at 814-865-4818 if you:
  • Have questions, complaints or concerns about the research.
  • Believe you may have been harmed by being in the research study.

You may also contact the Office for Research Protections at (814) 865-1775 or if you:

  • Have questions regarding your rights as a person in a research study.
  • Have concerns or general questions about the research.
  • You may also call this number if you cannot reach the research team or wish to talk to someone else about any concerns related to the research.
  1. Voluntary Participation: Your participation in this research study is voluntary. You may decide not to begin or to stop this study at any time. You can let a member of the research team know if you decide to withdraw from the registry. Refusal to take part in or withdrawing from this study will involve no penalty or loss of benefits you would receive otherwise.
  2. Consent: You must be 18 years of age or older to take part in this registry. By completing and submitting this survey, you are implying your consent to have you and your family’s information included in the registry. Please keep or print a copy of this consent form for your records. You may also request a copy from us at any time.

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