Texas Tech University

Assent Process with Minors

When minors (under the age of 18 in most states) are involved in research, the regulations require the assent of the minor and the consent of the parent(s) or legally authorized representative. There are four components in achieving this goal when research involves minors: the consent process and the consent form for parents; and the consent process and assent form for minors.

Download the following templates and adapt according to your research. Appropriate documents need to be submitted with the IRB.

Preschool-Kindergarten Assent Form Template - Expedited & Full Board

1st-8th Grade Assent Form Template - Expedited & Full Board

9th-12th Grade Assent Form Template - Expedited & Full Board

Parent Consent Form Template - Expedited & Full Board

While children may be legally incapable of giving informed consent, children should be asked whether or not they wish to participate in the research. The child should be given an explanation of the proposed research procedures in a language that is appropriate to the child's age, experience, maturity, and condition. This explanation should include a discussion of any discomforts and inconveniences the child may experience. If the child objects to the research, the study is stopped immediately.