Protecting children from the damaging effects of the sun
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Protecting children from the damaging effects of the sun

Participant Information

Human Research Ethics Approval Number: H19REA091


As part of my Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Honours degree I am required to complete an individual research project. The purpose of this project is to investigate the factors that influence the sun-protection choices parents and guardians make for their children and the associated sun-protection behaviour. The research team requests your assistance to ensure our research includes the decisions of as wide a range of parents and guardians as possible which will enable us to better understand the choices you make and what influences them. The results of this research may also be published as a journal article in a peer reviewed journal, as part of a book and may be presented at future conferences. 


To participate in this survey, you must be over the age of 18 and a parent or guardian to at least one child who is 6 years of age or younger.  

Your participation will involve completion of two surveys. However, the second survey is not mandatory to complete, and you are able to participate only in the first survey if you wish.  The first survey will take approximately 50 minutes to complete and the second survey, which is to be completed approximately 2 weeks after the first survey, will take approximately 15 minutes. 

Questions will include the age of your child, your child’s skin type, what sort of sun-protection your child uses and any issues that may stop you using sun-protection measures even when you intend to do so. Also included are questions about general sun-protection knowledge. 

Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you are not obliged to. You may request that any data collected about you be withdrawn and confidentially destroyed. If you do wish to have your data withdrawn from this project, please contact the research team via email (their contact details can be found at the bottom of the page). 

Your decision whether you take part, do not take part, or to take part and then withdraw, will in no way impact your current or future relationship with the University of Southern Queensland.

Expected Benefits

It is expected that this project may encourage you to reflect on the sun-protection choices you make for your children. It may also cause you to reflect on your sun-protection behaviour and your feelings surrounding this behaviour. This research may benefit the community by helping researchers and public health professionals further understand parent’s decisions regarding sun-protection. 
USQ students will have the opportunity to participate in research projects to receive 1 course credit point in return for their participation or entry into the psychology cash draw prize. Credit or entry into the cash draw prize will be awarded even if you decide to withdraw from the study at any stage. There will be the opportunity to receive an additional course credit point for participation in the second survey. Students who do not wish to participate in either survey (or the course credit for research participation) are not obliged to do so. Students who do not wish to participate in the course credit for research participation are provided an alternative piece of assessment by their course examiner. The requirements surrounding course credit for research participation and the option to complete alternative assessment are included on the course study desk and presented in class for on campus students. 

For members of the community who choose to participate in the online survey there is an opportunity to enter the psychology cash draw prize. The psychology cash prize draw is drawn twice per year; between the 24th June 2019 and 12th July 2019 and also between 17th February 2020 and the 21st February 2020. There will be the opportunity for an additional entry for the psychology cash prize draw for participation in the second survey. The prizes consist of prepaid cash cards ranging from $50-$100. Winners will be notified by email at the completion of the draw. 


By participating in the survey, there are no anticipated risks beyond normal day-to-day living. There is a small risk of time imposition. However, if you have had a family member or you yourself have been diagnosed with skin cancer or melanoma you may find the contents of the survey upsetting. The nature of the questions relate to the prevention of skin cancer and melanoma through the sun-protection behaviours and choices you make for your child. The questions are not about your own personal sun-protection behaviours but they do ask about your sun-protection behaviours you engage in with your child.   

Available Support Services 

Your local GP or psychologist
USQ Psychology Clinic (Toowoomba) – 07 4631 1763
USQ Psychology Clinic (Ipswich) – 07 3812 6163
USQ Student Services (USQ students only) – 07 4631 2372
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Cancer Council Support Line – 13 11 20
SunSmart Website (sun safety information) -SunSmart Website
Cancer Council Website (sun safety information) - Cancer Council Sun Safety Information

Privacy and Confidentiality

All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law.

This research uses an online survey where the names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses. However, to allow for data matching of the data collected in survey 1 and 2 participants completing survey 2 will be given the opportunity to generate a code that is unique to them. For participation in survey 2 an email address will be collected. The online link to survey 2 will then be sent to the participant via email. Survey 1 and survey 2 responses will be linked by a matching code the participant will create, and any email addresses supplied will be removed and the participant will be de-identified.

The participant’s data will not be made available for future research as the collected data is for this specific research project and is therefore unable to be used for future research purposes. 

To access the project summary results please contact either the principal investigator or the supervisor whose details can be found at the bottom of the page (in accordance wth 4.4.3 of the Australian Code of Responsible Conduct of Research, researchers must where feasible, also provide research participants with an appropriate summary of research results). Any data collected as a part of this project will be stored securely as per University of Southern Queensland’s Research Data Management policy. 

Consent to Participate

By clicking on the box at the bottom of this page you give your explicit consent to participate and have read and understood this participant information.

Questions or Further Information about the Project

Please refer to the research team contact details at the bottom of the page if you have any questions you would like answered or to request further information about this project. 

Concerns or Complaints Regarding the Conduct of the Project

If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project, you may contact the University of Southern Queensland Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics on +61 7 4631 1839 or email The Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an unbiased manner.

Principal Investigator Contact Details
Mel Devereux
Mobile: 0426221079

Supervisor Contact Details
Dr Carla Jeffries
Telephone: 07 4631 1572


Thank you for taking the time to help with this research project.


By clicking the  'Accept' button, you are indicating that you:

  • Have read and understand the participant information
  • Are satisfied your questions have been answered
  • Understand that if you have any additional questions you are able to contact the research team
  • Understand that you will not be identified in any publications arising out of this research
  • Understood the risks outlined in the participant information
  • Are over 18 years of age
  • Have a child aged 0-6 years
  • Know that you can choose not to answer any particular question
  • Are free to withdraw from this research project at any time, without giving a reason and without penalty
  • Agree to participate in this research project 

Consent is assumed once you accept the statement of consent and commence the research questions