Hello, my name is Kelly and I am a mother of two who recently joined the Mothering community--thank you for welcoming me! I am also a Ph.D. student in Communication Studies at WVU. I am currently working on my dissertation in which I’m investigating mothers’ perceptions of, attitudes toward, and communication with other mothers—particularly between SAH and W moms. As a working/student mother, I have more WMs in my social network and have been able to recruit more WMs to participate in my study thus far. However, because my study is centered on W and SAH moms, I want to be sure the thoughts and opinions of the SAHM group are equally represented in my study. So, that is why I’m announcing my study on this forum and I really hope you’ll consider participating to make sure your voice is heard.
If you are interested in participating, first let me say: THANK YOU! Next, I want to be sure you qualify based on Institutional Review Board (IRB) ethical research guidelines. To qualify for participation you must: (a) be female, (b) be over 18 years old, and (c) have at least one child who is 18 years old or younger. So, essentially, I’m looking for adult mothers who have “younger” children living at home with them (i.e., NOT mothers with adult children who have not moved away for college, job, or relationship opportunities). If you don’t personally qualify, but know someone who does, I would be so grateful if you could pass this information along to them.
Participation involves completing a 20-minute online survey, which can be found at this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/momgroupsonline. I know you’re all extremely busy and 20-minutes of free time is likely very difficult to find. So to entice you to participate, I will be entering all completed surveys into a drawing for a $50 retailer gift card (e.g., Wal-mart, Giant Eagle), which I will send directly to you following the completion of the study.
If you would like to help me out, I would GREATLY appreciate your valuable insights. Without moms like you telling me about your unique experiences and opinions, I would not be able to conduct [what I consider very important and progressive] research on motherhood and communication! So, I am tremendously grateful for any information you are willing to provide.
If you have any questions about this study, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much!