Dear Parents/ Guardians,

You are being invited to take part in a short (10-15 minute) online survey exploring the experience and assessment of anxiety in children and teenagers. Your child does not have to have experienced anxiety before for you to take part.

To complete this research I would like to include both:

Parents of typically developing children and teenagers (aged 8-18 years old)
Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (aged 8-18 years)

This survey has received ethical approval from UCD ethics committee. It is being completed as part of my PhD in Clinical Psychology in UCD.

Before you decide if you would like to be involved please read the information provided.

I would very much appreciate your help.

Thank you so much for your time.

Edel Murphy (Psychologist in Clinical Training UCD/HSE)
Professor Barbara Dooley (Dean of Graduate Studies and Deputy Registrar UCD)

What is this research about and why is it being done?

Anxiety is a commonly experienced mental health issue for children and adolescents. This research explores the prevalence of anxiety in children and adolescents with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Two anxiety assessment instruments designed specifically to understand the experience of anxiety for children/ teenagers are used. Our aim is to improve the assessment of anxiety in children and adolescents. We want to provide the best psychological support to all children and teenagers both with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. To achieve this we need to understand the experience of anxiety and its severity for children and teenagers with and without ASD.

Do I have to take part?

Your participation in this survey is entirely voluntary. Your data can be withdrawn at any time prior to data analysis, with no explanation required. On the following page you will firstly be asked to consent to take part and if you agree to being involved you will then be directed to create a personalised research code for yourself. This code preserves your anonymity and also provides the opportunity for you to retrieve or withdraw your data at a later point should you decide that you no longer wish to be involved.

How will my privacy be protected?

This online survey is anonymous. We will not collect any data that may identify you (e.g. name or location). Your anonymous data will be treated with the utmost respect and care and will be stored securely on a password protected computer in an encrypted data file. Only the research team (myself and my supervisor Professor Barbara Dooley) will have access to this data. Your data will be destroyed 3 years post publication of the research findings.

Contact details for further information:

Please feel free to discuss this information with others before you decide to take part. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have, feel free to get in touch by emailing

I really appreciate your time and help with my research.

With best wishes,

Edel Murphy Clinical Psychologist in Training, UCD

Edel Murphy
Clinical Psychologist in Training,
University College Dublin

Research Supervisor: 
Professor Barbara Dooley, 
UCD Dean of Graduate Studies and Deputy Registrar,
UCD School of Psychology. 

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