This survey is part of a research project conducted at the University of Edinburgh, UK (My Baby and I). It will take about 20 - 25 minutes to complete the survey, so put on some music and grab a cup of tea! Before you decide if you want to take part, however, it is important you understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please read the following information carefully.


Who can complete this survey?

If you are over 18 years old, you are a mother or a father with a child under 27-months old, and you have a good understanding of English, then you are more than welcome to complete this survey!

Why have I been invited to take part?

This study aims to explore whether and how the mood, emotions and relationship style of parents may be linked to their babies' emotional development. This may help new parents and their babies, and particularly those who experience highly changeable mood - such as Bipolar Disorder, to get the support they need when they need it.

What will I have to do?

You will be asked a number of questions about your baby's usual behaviors and about your mood, thoughts, relationship style and emotions. You will also be asked about your mental health experiences. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Once you start, please answer it in one go -you can't come to it later. You can leave the survey at any time, and none of your answers from previous pages will be saved.

Will my participation in this survey be kept confidential?

Your data will be processed in accordance with Data Protection Law. All information collected about you will be anonymized and kept strictly confidential. The results of this study may be summarized in published articles, reports and presentations. The anonymized data will be stored at the University of Edinburgh secure system for up to 10 years and will be then securely destroyed.

Are there any risks associated with taking part?

It is possible that you may experience some distress when answering some questions that remind you of current or past difficulties. This is an understandable reaction. However, the risk is minimal and no greater that those normally encountered in daily life. At the end of the survey, a list of helpful resources and helplines will be provided.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

By sharing your experiences with us, you will be helping our research team to better understand the emotional links between parents and their babies. Also, once you complete the survey, you will be given the option to enter a prize draw to win an iPad mini and to receive an overall summary of our research findings, by providing a valid email. All emails will be permanently deleted afterward.

Who can I contact?

If you have any further questions about the study, you can contact the lead researcher Aigli Raouna at aigli.raouna@ed.ac.uk. If you wish to make a complaint about the study, please contact the primary supervisor Dr Angus MacBeth, angus.macbeth@ed.ac.uk.


The Research Ethics Committee of the University of Edinburgh has ethically approved this project.