Health and romantic relationship quality: What's the connection?

About the study: Many factors are known to influence the quality of people's romantic relationships. Some research suggests health may affect key components of relationship quality (e.g., satisfaction). This study explores the relationship between various aspects of physical and mental health, as well as indicators of romantic relationship quality.

We are asking you to complete a series of questionnaires that will take about 30 minutes. Your answers will provide us with a little background information about you, your health, your feelings about yourself, and your romantic relationships.

Risks and Benefits of Participation: These questionnaires address topics including sexuality and strong emotional experiences. Thus, you may experience discomfort or embarrassment while answering some questions. Please note, however, that you are not obligated to respond to all questions (i.e., you can choose to respond or not respond to each question). To thank you for the time you take to complete the questionnaires you will be entered into a draw for the chance to receive a $10 honorarium in the form of a gift card OR you will receive 1 bonus point if you are an introductory psychology student at the University of New Brunswick. The chances of winning a gift card are one in 50.

Research Personnel: This study is being conducted by researchers in the Rehabilitation Psychology Research Lab at the University of New Brunswick. Specifically, Dr. Diane LaChapelle will supervise Lyndsay Crump (a clinical PhD student) who is conducting the study. You may contact Dr. LaChapelle or Lyndsay at the Rehabilitation Psychology Research Lab (

Confidentiality: Any information derived from your participation in the study is strictly confidential. There will be no identifying information on the questionnaires you complete. The completed questionnaires will be stored anonymously and securely.

Voluntary Participation: Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. You may refuse or withdraw from participation at any time without penalty. You may also choose not to answer particular questions.

Ethical Approval: This project is on file with the University of New Brunswick Research Ethics Board (REB #2015120). Questions or concerns about your rights or treatment as a research participant may be directed to the Acting Chair of the Psychology Research Ethics Committee Dr. Ryan Hamilton (506) 453-5030, the Chair of the Department of Psychology Dr. Sandra Byers (506-458-7697), or the Chair of the Research Ethics Board for the UNB Fredericton Campus Dr. Steven Turner (506-458-7433).

Results of this study: If you would like to receive information about the results of this study, please provide your email address when prompted at the end of the online survey. To maintain your anonymity, this form will be stored separately from your questionnaires.
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