An Exploration of Guardianship: A Qualitative Study

Research Study

My name is Rachel Minkoff, LMSW and I am a doctoral candidate at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work. I am requesting your participation in a study about the motivations for selecting legally defined guardianship or its alternatives and the observed mental health characteristics of the individual thereafter.

The purpose of the Study:
This study explores the motivations for selecting legally defined guardianship of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or its alternatives and the observed mental health characteristics of the individual thereafter. This study hopes to generate more knowledge around pathways to guardianship as well as potential gaps in the system to help advocates have more access to resources. Also, to better understand the functioning and well-being of the individual.
This interview should take approximately 60 minutes or less to complete. We’d like to schedule a Zoom (computer or smartphone) based interview by August 31, 2020 by calling 347-633-1904 or emailing
Consent Information:
The interview will include questions about what type of support you provide to the individual, their mental health, and their role in decision-making. Your interview will be recorded and transcribed for research purposes. To protect the confidentiality, the recorded interview will be deleted from all files once your recorded answers have been transcribed into text. Your name and contact information will be deleted from the file and you will be assigned a participant ID number or code name. your informed consent form will be kept in a password-protected computer in an encrypted folder for three years as is outlined for ethical research procedures. At the end of the three years, it will be deleted. Thank you so much for your shared insight and time! By signing the attached consent form, you agree that you are 18 years old and over and you are consenting to this interview and the publication of the information therein.

The Institutional Review Board of Yeshiva University has approved this study.
• The interview will be held over Zoom and by hitting the Agree button, you are consenting to participate in this study.
• Your participation is entirely voluntary and will be de-identified.
• You can discontinue participating in the study at any time without any penalty.
• All written and published information will be reported as group data with no references to agency or names.

Published on: Nov 24, 2020 at 16:21

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