[Air-l] Parental consent

Mia Lövheim mia.lovheim at comhem.se
Tue Jan 30 23:25:36 PST 2007


Dear Monica and Denise,

in my dissertation research I interviewed teenagers as young as 17 
years about their uses of a Swedish web community for religious 
purposes. In the Swedish ethical recommendations, teenagers between 
15-18 years old can give their own consent if the individual can be 
seen as having "understood the implications of the research for her- 
och himself". If not, parental consent is required.

Regards

Mia Lövheim, researcher sociology of religion, Sweden

2007-01-31 kl. 06.26 skrev Monica Barratt:

> 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.
>
> Regards
> Monica
>
> Monica Barratt
> PhD Student
> National Drug Research Institute
> Australia
>
> 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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