Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Survey on foster children and the use of prescription medication

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Hello foster parents!
My name is Anna Yelick and I am a second year doctoral student in the College of Social Work at Florida State University. I am inviting you to participate in a brief study on foster parents’ views on the use of prescription medications as part of a care plan for children’s behavioral concerns. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. In addition, I will not have any way of knowing specifically who participates and who does not, therefore, you will remain anonymous.

I am interested in learning more about foster parents’ motivations for giving prescription medications to their foster children. While it is likely you do not have the right to make medical decisions for your foster child (as that right is retained with the biological parent or the agency/state), you as the foster parent are likely involved in the discussions regarding the decisions to medicate your foster child. In addition, there may be times when you, as the foster parent, would prefer not to give prescription medications to your foster child. Therefore, this scale examines when you would be or would not be likely to agree to give prescription medications to your foster child, if given the choice.

If you are interested in participating in this study, you will be asked to complete a survey, which will take most people approximately 30 minutes or less. You can opt out at any time prior to or during the survey. In order to participate in this study you must be at least 18 years old and currently be or have been a foster parent to at least one child for more than one consecutive month. If you are willing to help me learn more about this important topic, please click on this link (or copy and paste it into your web browser):

If you would like more information, I would be happy to answer any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Please email me at:

Thank you.

Anna Yelick

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