Focus Group for UWA Research

You are invited to participate in a study on promoting positive mental health in young people. Participation is voluntary. We are also interviewing teachers, students and school psychologists.

Voluntary Participation and Withdrawal from the Study

Taking part in this research project is voluntary. It is your choice to take part or not and you can withdraw at any time. The time and place of interview will be at ADHD WA office, The Niche, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands. Two dates are available:

  • Thursday, Nov 1st at 10am
  • Friday, Nov 9th at 10 am. 

Aim of the Study (What is the project about?)

Adolescents are a vulnerable population who often experience daily challenges to their mental health as they transition through high school. We are trying to develop a program to promote mental health by using 3-D animations in a computer game form to teach adolescents how to respond effectively to the various daily challenges they experience. Before we can develop this, we need to talk to parents of adolescents to find out more about these challenges.

What does participation involve?

You are invited to participate in a group interview (comprising to 6 parents) of approximately 30 minutes which will be led by a very experienced interviewer from UWA who has worked extensively in this area.  The interviewer will ask the group questions about the challenges that their adolescent son/daughter is confronted with on a daily basis and will discuss the specific scenarios of these across different areas of challenge (academic achievement, future mental health, friendships/loneliness, body image, family relationships and belonging).  For example, a question might be “Some parents have told us that their son/daughter mentioned having no friends to hang around with at school”. What do you think about that?” “Has your son/daughter ever mentioned they have no one to hang around with”. Can you tell me where and when this might occur” (e.g., before school begins, at lunchtime, walking home after school). The scenarios identified during these group interviews will be used to develop the online mental health promotion program. 

Who will see my information?

The information collected will be non-identifiable. All the data are de-identified and any information linking names and codes will be stored securely at the UWA. All information collected and used will be private. Interviews will be recorded by audio to provide research data and the opportunity to transcribe the information into themes. If you do not want to be recorded, please inform the researcher. 

Electronic data will be password protected, non-identifiable and will be stored, managed and disposed of in accordance with the UWA Data Management Plan.

The results of this research may be presented at conferences or published in journals. You will not be identified in any way in any results that are published or presented.

Possible Benefits

Adolescents, parents, teachers and school psychologists can all benefit from being involved in discussions about mental health and this has been a key component of our research to date.

A summary of the findings and themes will be made available to school principals via a written report once the interviews are complete. The school will also be provided with full access to our positive mental health program “Minds Online” program once finalized. It will be a highly engaging, 3-D animated-interactive program that will be developed as a result of the information and scenarios gathered during the interviews.   In addition, we will provide updates for inclusion in your school’s newsletters or websites. School psychologists and interested organisation such as ADHD WA will also receive the report and we will discuss any of the findings with them.

Possible Risks and Risk Management Plan

To date, we have not experienced any participants becoming distressed; however, as with any task this is a possibility. To reduce the possibility of distress arising among vulnerable participants we will advise everyone, before undertaking the task, that should they feel distressed, upset, anxious or uneasy at any time they should stop. If anyone who does participate becomes upset or distressed during or after the interview, further assistance can be obtained from very experienced psychologists within the UWA Centre for Child & Adolescent Related Disorders (CARD).  To access assistance, please ring 6488 2391.

What happens next?

If you decide to take part in this research, please reply by email indicating if you are available on Thursday, Nov 1th at 10am or Friday, Nov 9th at 10am.  You will be provided with a consent form to sign before the group begins.  By signing, you are telling us that you understand what you have read. Signing the consent tells us that you agree to be in the research project. Should you wish to ask any questions or obtain further information about the research please contact Professor Stephen Houghton on 6488 2391.



If you would like to participate, please reply to this email advising your availability or if you require any further information, please contact Susan Hughes – Mob. 0433 368 502

We thank you for considering your participation in this study.


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