Family Resilience And Mindfulness Empowerment

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We are a research group in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at UConn. We are committed to excellent research, inclusive education, and collaborative community engagement. We are located at the Stamford campus. Learn more here.


Parents, parenting education providers, and court professionals are invited to participate in our interview research to help us decide the best ways to help parents!

To enroll, please click to see if you are eligible and learn more about the study:

If you are eligible, you will read more about the study via the link above.

If you want to help, you will agree to participate in the study by providing your signature.

After signing , you will answer some questions and tell us your preference for the interview.

We will contact you to schedule your interview.

You will receive $50.00 compensation for completing an interview with us.

Any personal information you provide is strictly protected – no one other than our research team at UConn will handle the data.


Will I be paid for taking part in this research?

Yes. You will receive one payment of $50 for your time and effort in completing an interview. You will receive payment in the form of a prepaid debit card that will be mailed to you. You also can schedule a time to pick up the debit card from our office at UConn Stamford. If your interview is in-person at UConn Stamford, you will receive the debit card directly from your interviewer at the end of your interview. If you do not wish to be paid for your participation in this study, you can sign the consent form.

Do you require my child’s participation?

No. We only need parents’ participation.

Do you require both parents of the family to participate?

No. Only one parent is required but both could participate if they want to!

Do I have to be legally separated to participate?

No. As long as you have established/changed custody within the past 3 years you might be eligible to participate.

Will participating in the study cost me anything?

No. There are no costs for taking part in this research study.

You mentioned a parenting program, will I participate in any program?

No. At this stage, we are only interviewing parents for an hour. If you are interested in participating in our research during the intervention phase, please let us know and we will contact you in the future.

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of our study is to reduce parents’ stress, promote well-being, and improve parenting and co-parenting after divorce or separation.

This interview aims to understand your opinions about using digital mindfulness exercises to help stressed divorced/separated parents reduce their stress and promote well-being so that they can gain benefits from a web-based self-administered parenting program.

Why am I being asked to take part in this research study?

We as family scientists are interested in understanding the perspective of divorced/separated parents. Your participation will help us understand your opinions about using digital mindfulness exercises to help stressed divorced/separated parents reduce their stress and promote well-being

How many people will take part in this interview and how long will it take?

Approximately 24 parent participants will be interviewed separately for this study. Your participation in the interview will last for approximately 60 minutes.

What will I be asked to do?

You will do one individual interview conducted either at UConn or virtually via a video conference platform (Webex), based on your choice.

What are the risks involved in this study?

The risks involved with participation in this study are low and may include data security issues or stress from answering questions about your experiences as a parent.

What are the possible benefits of this study?

You will receive no direct benefit from participating in this study. But the information you provide will help us to design a future intervention that could help promote parents’ well-being and positive parenting after divorce or separation that will benefit children affected by parental divorce or separation.

Do I have to participate?

No, your participation is voluntary. You may decide not to participate at all or, if you start your participation in the study, you may withdraw at any time.

Will there be any travel or other study-associated costs and will researchers provide any money to cover those costs?

The only cost that we will cover is parking. You will be provided free parking at 1194 Washington Boulevard for the duration of the interview if you chose an in-person interview at UConn Stamford.

Could my information be used for future research without asking for my permission?

Yes. If all identifiers (name, date of birth, etc.) are removed, it is possible that the data collected for this study may be used for future research studies or distributed to another investigator for future research studies without your consent.

How will my information be protected?

We will make every effort to protect the confidentiality of study records that identify you. This research is covered by a Certificate of Confidentiality. This means that the researchers cannot release or use information, documents, or samples that may identify you in any action or suit unless you say it is okay.

(If participants had consent) If you are interested, you can check out page 4 of consent. 

(If participants didn’t have consent) If you are interested, we can send you a consent that has details.

What will happen if I decide to withdraw from the study?

If you decide to leave the study, contact us. We may ask you the reason, but you are not required to provide it.

Who can I contact with questions about the study?

You can contact the Principal Investigator Na Zhang anytime for any questions or concerns or if you feel that you have been harmed or injured because of being in the research. Her office phone number is 203-251-8531, and her email is You can also contact our research team (203-561-7045 for a quick response;

Who can I contact with questions concerning my rights as a research participant?

You can contact the IRB Office at 860-486-7145 or email ( to:

  • Discuss problems, concerns, and questions, including questions about your rights as a person in a research study
  • Obtain information
  • Offer input.

Will participating in the interview affect my relationship with the court?  

Your participation will not affect your relationship with the Connecticut Court in any way.