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NAK—Nursing at Keyboard: Exploring Relationship between Online Social Media Breastfeeding Support Groups and Positive Breastfeeding Outcomes

The fine print:
1. You are invited to participate in this research study. The following information is provided to help you make an informed decision.

2. The purpose of the current study is to gain a better understanding of how participating in online social media breastfeeding support groups impacts breastfeeding (duration, confidence, awareness) and to determine the characteristics of those who are utilizing the support groups.

3. The study is being conducted by Amy Encinger an Undergraduate Research Fellow at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and is supervised by Faculty Mentor, Dr. Jennifer Crosswhite an Associate Professor from the Department of Family Studies and Interior Design at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

4. You have been invited to participate in this study because you are either pregnant and contemplating breastfeeding or currently breastfeeding and are 19 years or older. Your decision to participate in this study is voluntary. You do not have to participate if you do not want to. Should you decide to participate, you can withdraw at any time. In order to get the most complete data possible, we ask that you respond to all items in the survey. However, you may choose to skip any questions that may make you especially uncomfortable.

5. If you choose to be a part of this study, you will be asked to complete an electronic survey that contains two parts: 1) a section asking questions about your demographic information, and, 2) a short questionnaire containing questions about your use of social media breastfeeding support sites, as well as questions about the impact the sites have had upon your breastfeeding behaviors. The entire survey should take about 25 minutes to complete.

6. All the information collected will be kept strictly confidential; no identifying information will be asked. The survey is anonymous and cannot be traced back to you or your computer’s IP address. Survey answers will be collected electronically through an online survey via a security certificate enabled survey collection site. Only the principal investigator and faculty mentor will have access to the data. All documentation will be kept in a safe secure location.

7. There are no known risks associated with this project that are expected to be greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life. However, as this survey deals with topics of a sensitive nature you may feel a) discomfort with the personal nature of the questions b) guilt associated with breastfeeding outcomes, or c) an invasion of privacy. In the event that any feelings of discomfort or guilt become overwhelming you may feel the need to talk to someone. In this case, you are encouraged to contact a professional in your area to discuss your feelings. If you feel as your privacy is being invaded by a particular question(s) please feel free to discontinue the survey or leave any question you do not wish to answer blank. Also, if you are experiencing any of the breastfeeding concerns causing physical pain or discomfort discussed in the survey you may want to contact your physician or a lactation consultant. Please remember that you do have the option of discontinuing the completion of this survey at anytime.

8. By participating in the survey, you may gain an increased awareness of alternative breastfeeding support networks which in turn may increase positive breastfeeding outcomes for yourself and your child/children. Additionally, you may gain satisfaction knowing their participation in their survey may contribute to greater understanding of online breastfeeding support groups that may lead to increased promotion of breastfeeding practices, or creating and offering alternative support systems for breastfeeding mothers.

9. There is no payment or compensation given for participating in this study.

10. Your participation in this study is voluntary. You are free to refuse to participate, to refuse to answer any questions that cause discomfort, and free to discontinue participation in this survey at any time.

11. If you have any questions or concerns about this study or your rights as a participant, please ask. You may contact the Principle Investigator, Amy Encinger at encingeraj@lopers.unk.edu or Otto Olson 206 University of Nebraska, Kearney NE 68849, or faculty mentor Dr. Jennifer Crosswhite at crosswhitejm@unk.edu or Otto Olson 206 University of Nebraska, Kearney NE 68849 or 308-865-8230, or contact the University of Nebraska at Kearney Institutional Review Board (IRB) at 308-865-8886.



Identification of Investigators

Amy Encinger; Principle Investigator
Undergraduate Research Fellow
University of Nebraska at Kearney
OTOL 206
Kearney, NE 68849
encingeraj@lopers.unk.edu

Jennifer Crosswhite, Ph.D., CFLE; Faculty Mentor
Associate Professor of Family Studies
University of Nebraska at Kearney
OTOL 206
Kearney, NE 68849
crosswhitejm@unk.edu
(308) 865-8230


Official Date of IRB Approval: May 4, 2012