Mental Health and Protective Factors

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Mental Health and Protective Factors

QUT Ethics Approval Number 1500001059

Principal Researcher:Olivia Fisher
 Doctorate of Philosophy (Health) Student
Associate Researcher:Dr Julie-Anne Carroll 
 School of Public Health and Social Work
Professor Ian Shochet
School of Psychology and Counselling

Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)


This project is being undertaken as part of a Doctorate of Philosophy (Health) degree for Olivia Fisher.

The purpose of this project is to investigate the relationship between the mental health protective factors and depression and anxiety disorder symptoms of parents and their adolescent children. Each family will be given a random code so that the researchers can investigate the relationship between these factors in parents and their children, however no other identifying information will be collected during this research.

You are invited to participate in this project because you are an Australian resident, and you are either aged 16-25 years, or the parent of 16 and 25 year old.


Participation will involve completing an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time.

Questions will include subjects such as sense of belonging, optimism and recent moods. You will be asked how much you agree with certain statements such as: “I don’t get upset too easily” and “I keep emotions to myself,” as well as questions about how often you felt a certain way during the past week,
for example “I found it hard to wind down.”

It is possible that you may have recently experienced a difficult life experience and you might feel that answering questions about your thoughts and feelings may be upsetting for you. If that is the case then you might prefer not to participate in this study. You are encouraged to discuss your participation in this research, and any potential risks involved, with any family members who are interested in participating in the research.

Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you agree to participate you do not have to complete any question(s) you are uncomfortable answering. Your decision to participate or not participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT. If you do agree to participate you can withdraw from the project without comment or penalty. However as the survey is anonymous once it has been submitted it will not be possible to withdraw.


It is expected that this project will not directly benefit you. However, it will support the researchers to develop a better understanding of the relationship between mental health protective factors and depression and anxiety symptoms in parents and their children, and will inform future research in this area, as well as future mental health promotion practices. At the completion of the survey you will be given the opportunity to go into an optional prize draw to win one of three $100 Coles Myer vouchers or one of five $20 Coles Myer vouchers. The prize draw will open on 1 May, 2017 and close on 30th Sep 2017. Terms and Conditions are available at (Opens in a new window/tab).


There are minimal risks associated with your participation in this project. Some of the questions in this survey can be sensitive and there is a chance you might feel discomfort either during or after participation.

QUT provides for limited free psychology, family therapy or counselling services (face-to-face only) for research participants of QUT projects who may experience discomfort as a result of their participation in the research. Should you wish to access this service please call the Clinic Receptionist on 07 3138 0999 (Monday–Friday only 9am–5pm), QUT Psychology and Counselling Clinic, 44 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, and indicate that you are a research participant. Alternatively, Lifeline provides access to online, phone or face-to-face support, call 13 11 14 for 24 hour telephone crisis support.


All comments and responses are anonymous and will be treated confidentially unless required by law. The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses.

Any data collected as part of this project will be stored securely as per QUT’s Management of research data policy.


Submitting the completed online survey is accepted as an indication of your consent to participate in this project.


If you have any questions or require further information please contact one of the researchers listed below.

Olivia Fisher07 3138
Julie-Anne Carroll07 3138


QUT is committed to research integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects. However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team on 07 3138 5123 or email The QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner.

Thank you for helping with this research project.