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CONFIDENTIALITY

We ask for families to give us a lot of information in this study. We want to explain how we protect the privacy of this information. We take your privacy very seriously. To protect your privacy, you will be assigned a number and this number, never your name, will be used to identify the information you provide. All of the questionnaires and videotapes will be stored in locked facilities at UC Davis, and only members of the research team have access to these materials. Unless you give us written permission to disclose information, any information provided will not be shown to your child’s teachers, and we will not show them the videotapes we make in the lab. As well, you will not be shown any of the questionnaires completed by your child’s teachers unless the teachers have given us written permission to do so.

All of the information that you provide is kept confidential, with only one exception. The exception is if we learn that a child is in danger of child abuse or neglect. If that comes up while we are working with a family, we are required to make a report to the appropriate authority so that help can be secured. We would involve the family in this process, to make sure both the child and the parents receive the assistance they need.