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Are you a parent or legal guardian who…

  • has a teen age 15-20?
  • is interested in participating in a research study helping parents communicate with teens?

You may be eligible to earn $50 by participating in an online focus group talking about social media.

Study information

What is Project PRISM?

Project PRISM is a research study conducted through the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX. We are looking for volunteers to participate in online focus groups that involve parents and their teens discussing social media and health. The purpose of our research study is to explore parent communication about health and risk behaviors in adolescents and young adults, including alcohol and social networking site use. We are interested in recruiting parents and their teens (age 15-20) to participate in a one-time online focus group via Zoom Video Communications.

What would I do as the parent?

You will be asked to complete an online screening survey that focuses on demographic questions (e.g., age, birth sex, race, ethnicity) about yourself, as well as about your alcohol use or non-use (e.g., how much alcohol have you consumed in the past month?) to see if you fit our study needs. The survey will include contact information from your teen age 15-20 and basic questions about your teen including age, gender, and social networking site use. You can provide information for up to 2 children age 15-20. The overall purpose of this initial screening survey is to determine if you are eligible to participate in the main study where you will be asked to attend a one-time focus group to provide feedback on a potential parent-delivered intervention program focused on alcohol content on social networking sites.                                                     

If the study is right for you, and you provide contact information for your teen (and give consent if they are 15-17), research staff will contact your teen using the contact information provided and send them a link (via email and text message) to our online screening survey to determine if they are a good fit for our study. If you and your teen are eligible and agree to be in our research study, you will both be invited to schedule a one-time online focus group via Zoom Video Communications, which will take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my participation in this study make a difference?

Project PRISM depends on our participants and the information you share with us helps us create a program aimed to reduce alcohol misuse and social networking site related issues among adolescents and young adults. We sincerely appreciate the time and effort it takes to be a Project PRISM research participant and we value the thoughts and comments from everyone who participates. Your willingness to report your responses as accurately and honestly as you can is what makes our project a success.

How much will I get paid?

If you are eligible and choose to participate in the online focus group, you can earn $50 on a Greenphire Mastercard.

Can my friend participate?

All parents or legal guardians and their teens (age 15-20) who are willing to participate in a one-time online Zoom session have the opportunity to complete the screening survey in order to participate in our study.

Are there risks to participating?

You and/or your teen may feel uncomfortable participating in the focus group or feel as if you/they should share opinions you/they may not want to share. Due to the online nature of the focus group, there exists a possibility that the session could be hacked, which would result in the loss of confidentiality. Additionally, while we ask group participants to respect each other’s confidentiality, we cannot guarantee that what is said in the group will remain confidential. There are no known risks to participation in the focus groups other than the risks of discomfort, potential loss of confidentiality, and not benefiting from the focus group. We are obligated by law to report any suspicions of child abuse, neglect, or imminent harm to others.

Will you benefit from this research?

The study is not designed to benefit you directly. While there may be no direct benefit to you for participating in this research, benefits to society include the opportunity to evaluate the program and provide suggestions for future development of programs like this that aim to reduce alcohol misuse and social networking site related issues among adolescents and young adults. Participants also often find participating in focus groups to be illuminating and empowering.

How are you protecting my privacy?

Your participation is completely confidential. To ensure that online focus groups are not hacked, online connection to the sessions via Zoom will be encrypted. Additionally, through the use of waiting rooms on Zoom, the focus group facilitator will have the ability to only let into the online session the correct participants and not any unwanted guests. This will minimize the potential for loss of confidentiality if an attempt to hack the online training session was made. All of your data will be kept confidential and data will be identified only by a PIN (personalized identification number) randomly generated for research purposes, and will not be directly identified by your name. The PIN is always embedded in survey links, meaning the link is specific to you and your survey data. Thus, you will not ever need to enter your PIN to complete study surveys.

You will not be identified in any research reports or presentations of this research. Data identified only by the PIN may be shared with other researchers doing similar work on other campuses, and/or be combined with data from other campuses in some research reports. For eligible and ineligible individuals who indicate “yes” to being contacted for future research studies, all personal contact information is kept separate from the remaining non-identifiable survey data. Contact information from eligible participants who provide permission (and parent has provided permission for 15-17 year old individuals) will be kept indefinitely. If 18 or older individual is ineligible, but provides permission for future contact, contact information will be kept indefinitely as well. When a participant is ineligible and does not give permission for future contact, contact information will be deleted within 30 days. Examples of identifiable data that will be kept separate and destroyed by the end of the study or within 30 days, depending on eligibility, includes name, contact information, city, state, and zip code of residency. We will retain this contact information until the end of the study (i.e. when funding ends for the full project) for eligible participants that do not provide permission for future contact or within 30 days for ineligible participants that are 15-17 or do not provide permission for future contact.

What are my rights as a participant?

Participating in this study is voluntary. You may refuse to answer any question and still submit your survey without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. You are free to withdraw at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

I want to participate, what do I do now?

You can read over additional information and begin the initial online survey at: 

Contact us


Study Contact information

Email Phone number 817-735-2371

Staff Contact information

Contact Position Email
Dr. Dana M. Litt Principal Investigator
Raul Resendiz Research Assistant
Travis Walker Research Assistant