How did you get hold of my personal information?
The Baby Research Center works together with various city councils in the province of Gelderland. These city councils send us the addresses of all parents who have recently had a child. The city council is allowed to give these addresses to the Baby Research Center for the purpose of scientific research. We only ever use your address to send you a letter about the Baby Research Center. We never give your address to anyone else and we don't use your information for anything other than our research. If you choose not to register for our research then your information is destroyed.
What happens to my personal information when I register my child?
Your personal information is stored in our password-protected database. Only our researchers know the password, which is also changed on a regular basis. Information in the database is used exclusively for the purpose of contacting you to make an appointment.
What happens to my personal information if I choose NOT to register my child?
If you do not register your child for our research, your personal information is destroyed.
What happens to the research data collected?
The research data collected from your child is analysed as part of the group of children tested and then used in scientific publications. No information is published that would identify your child (e.g. name), and your child's anonymity is guaranteed under all circumstances. The data collected is given a code and stored, and only staff working on the study know which code is linked to your child. The research data can only be accessed by external researchers without personal information or other information that could make it possible to identify your child.
Why do you need to know whether my child has had an ear infection and whether there are language problems in the family?
These questions are particularly relevant for our language studies. When your child participates in a language study, it's very important that his or her hearing is at its best when he or she comes for the appointment. A recent ear infection may mean that his or her hearing is not quite as good as it is normally. A child's language background is also very important for our language studies. It has been established that some language problems (for example, dyslexia) are to some extent genetically-determined. Additionally, the language input of a child who has a parent with a language disorder may differ from that of a child whose parents do not. It is important for us to be aware of this kind of information and to take account of it during our analysis of the data.