Daily Relationship Experiences Study

Note: Recruitment is now closed, and we have completed data collection. Participant compensation has been granted. We have also completed the draw for the $100 Amazon gift cards. If you participated in this study and have yet to receive your compensation, please contact us and we’ll sort the issue out. We are currently consulting with our colleagues and analyzing the data. Please check Dr. Harasymchuk’s publication’s page periodically to read about what we have been able to learn from this study!

The purpose of this study is to examine couples’ daily relationship experiences. We are interested in a variety of experiences couples encounter on a day-to-day basis such as relationship quality, sexual quality, conflict, leisure activities, and so on. In this study, you and your partner will individually complete an online background survey (~60 minutes), a brief daily diary survey for 21 days (~10 minutes/day), as well as a 3-month follow-up survey (~15 minutes). We do not anticipate any psychological or physical risks to participants.

To thank you for your time, couples will receive up to $130 CDN (up to $65 per person CDN) in Amazon.ca gift certificates.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You and your partner have been in an exclusive romantic relationship (i.e., with a monogamous agreement) for at least 2 years.
  • Both you and your partner must be willing to participate.
  • You and your partner must be available for 3 weeks (21 evenings) in the near future to complete a short online survey every night (individually).
  • You and your partner live together at least 5 out of 7 nights a week (i.e., not in a long distance relationship). Moreover, you and your partner must not be isolating from each other due to COVID-19 pandemic quarantining procedures.
  • You and your partner must have a separate email address that only he/she has access to (i.e., no shared email accounts can be used for this study).

Your participation as well as your responses will be strictly confidential. This research is being conducted by Dr. Cheryl Harasymchuk (Associate Professor) at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and is being funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant (435-2019-0635).

This study has received clearance by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board–B, Canada (clearance #105046).

If you have any questions about the study, please take a look at our Study FAQ.

Research Assistants
Managing recruitment: Shamarukh Chowdhury
Managing survey distribution and data collection: Atara Lonn

Experiences of Single People During a Pandemic 

Note: We have completed the data collection for this study and sent out the compensation to the participants (including notifying the winners of the $100 Amazon gift card draws). Please stay tuned for more ways to participate in our studies for the future! Please also check back periodically for information regarding the results of the study!

The PAIR Lab is conducting a multi-week study to examine the effects of pandemic-related stressors, including social distancing, on how single people connect with others and cope. More specifically, we want to understand people’s experiences interacting with their friendship networks during this difficult period (e.g., time spent together, playfulness, support). As well, we want to understand people’s coping behaviours (e.g., alcohol consumption, overeating, gambling).

If you would like to be a part of this study, or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our lab at PAIRlab@carleton.ca.

This study has received clearance by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board–B, Canada (Clearance #105036).

Relationship Experiences During A Pandemic

Note: We have completed the data collection for this study and sent out the compensation to the participants (including notifying the winners of the $100 Amazon gift card draws). Please stay tuned for more ways to participate in our studies for the future! Please also check back periodically for information regarding the results of the study!

The PAIR Lab is conducting a multi-week study to examine the effects of the pandemic on people’s relationships and friendships. We want to further understand people’s experiences interacting with their intimate partners and friends during this difficult period (e.g., time spent together, conflict, communication, social support).

If you would like to be a part of this study, or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our lab at cu.relationshipslab@gmail.com or at PAIRlab@carleton.ca.

This study has received clearance by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board–B, Canada (Clearance #105036).