Funding for this research was provided by:
National Institute of Mental Health
Received: 7 March 2017
Accepted: 15 November 2017
First Online: 4 December 2017
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study was approved by New York University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The study was also approved by agencies’ own IRBs when applicable (a list of all ethics committees is attached). An explanation of the study procedures and its risks and benefits is provided to all caregivers and providers via an Informed Consent Form. Participants have an opportunity to read and to receive clarification from the research staff on the content of the Informed Consent Form as well as answers to any additional questions or concerns they might have. Participants receive a copy of the Consent Form, which contains the principal investigator’s contact information and the contact information for the IRB that approved the research project (New York University IRB, number 14-10423). Children are required to give verbal assent in order to participate in the group and to have their caregivers answer questions about them. Research personnel explain the study to the children, using age-appropriate language to ensure their understanding. Children are given the option not to participate, and are assured that refusal to participate will not affect the services that they receive.All letters of approval from IRBs are attached as a separate document. The New York University IRB was used when agencies did not have their own ethics review board. In the circumstance that agencies had their own IRB, additional approval was sought from their agency as well. The protocol was reviewed by the Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health.
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