[Air-l] Parental consent

Monica Barratt monica.barratt at postgrad.curtin.edu.au
Tue Jan 30 21:26:03 PST 2007

We are conducting a online survey with an adult population, including 16-17
year olds. We were able to convince our ethics committee that 16-17 year
olds would be able to give their own consent - especially since the survey
involves questions about illicit drug taking which we could hardly expect
participants to involve their parents.

We used the following article in arguing the case:
Sanci, L. A., Sawyer, S. M., Weller, P. J., Bond, L. M., & Patton, G. C.
(2004). Youth health research ethics: Time for a mature-minor clause?
Medical Journal of Australia, 180(7), 336-338.


Monica Barratt
PhD Student
National Drug Research Institute

On 31/01/07, Denise Bortree <dbortree at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> I'm planning to conduct an online survey of teen volunteers (ages 16-17),
> and I'm looking for suggestions on ways to secure parental consent. I
> would
> be interested to hear from those who have conducted online research with
> teens. What was your process for securing consent from both parent and
> teen?
> My IRB has indicated openness to collecting consent online if a suitable
> process can be identified. I would love to hear suggestions.
> Thanks.
> Denise Bortree
> Doctoral Candidate
> University of Florida
> dbortree at jou.ufl.edu
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