1. WHY IS THIS STUDY BEING DONE?
The purpose of
this study is to learn more about same-sex couples and different types of legal
for this study is two fold. First, it is important to understand what
influences well-being within couple relationships. Previous studies have
provided a limited understanding of well-being saying it is simply related to
social support or mental health. Second, as legal formalization has expanded
rapidly within the last decade, we know surprisingly little about the impact of
different types of legal formation on couple relationships. This study will help
inform policy makers as well as provide insight into the lived realities of
same-sex couples. This study provides an opportunity for same-sex couples to
add their voices to the debate regarding legal unions.
You are invited
to participate in this research because you are an individual who identifies as
lesbian, gay male, or bisexual in a legally recognized same-sex relationship.
2. HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL TAKE PART IN THIS
subjects from the United States will participate in this study.
3. HOW LONG WILL THE STUDY GO ON?
will be asked to complete a short online survey, which should take about 45-60
minutes to complete. Once you finish the survey, your participation will be
4. HOW WILL I BE INVOLVED?
You must meet the following requirements to be in
1. Age 18-65
2. In a committed relationship with your partner for more than five
3. Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender
4. Have either a legal marriage, civil union or domestic partnership
5. Currently in a relationship with the partner with whom you entered either
civil union, or domestic partnership.
You cannot participate in this study if you are:
1. Legally married to another person of
the opposite sex
2. Legally married, in a civil union or
domestic partnership with a person of the same-sex but legally separated or divorced
If you meet the
inclusion requirements and you choose to take part in the study, then the
following procedures will take place: You will complete an anonymous survey online.
This survey will ask you questions about yourself and your relationship.
5. WHAT ARE THE REASONABLY FORESEEABLE
RISKS OR DISCOMFORTS I MIGHT HAVE?
this study consists of reflecting on individual and relational well-being and
is not believed to be associated with any identified emotional risks. However,
the researchers cannot guarantee anonymity. Anonymity may be at risk if someone
not participating in the study is present (e.g. someone walks behind you while you
are taking the survey and reads your survey answers). However, the survey is
conducted utilizing an online questionnaire software from Qualtrics. This
company is an established business with appropriate security precautions in place,
which protect unauthorized access to your survey responses. Risks for
participating in this survey are therefore considered to be minimal.
6. WILL THERE BE ANY BENEFIT TO ME OR
will not benefit from this study, the scientific information we learn from the
study may benefit individuals and couples in the future by advancing public
policy regarding marriage equality.
7. WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS AS A SUBJECT?
Your consent to
participate in this study is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw without
penalty at any time. Please be advised that once you begin the survey you will
not be able to resume where you left off. You may decide to terminate your
participation in the survey at any time without consequence. Please be advised
that once you submit a completed survey, your response cannot be retrieved by
the researchers for any reason as they are de-identified. Therefore, once your
survey results are submitted, the researchers cannot delete your response or in
any other way remove them as they will not be able to identify which survey
results are yours. The IP address attached to the survey will be deleted within
six months of the completion of the study.
8. WILL I BE PAID TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS
You will not be
paid to participate in this research study. However, at the end of the survey
you will be asked to choose one non-profit organization to which you would like
the researchers to make a donation on your behalf. The non-profit organization
with the most nominations will receive a $500 donation. The donation will be
made at the conclusion of the research project.
9. WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
If you have
questions regarding the study, or how to participate please contact student
investigator Naomi J. Schwenke by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or research supervisor Brian Distelberg by emailing
email@example.com. If you wish to contact an impartial third party not
associated with this study regarding any questions about your rights or to
report a complaint you may have about the study, you may contact the Office of
Patient Relations, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA 92354,
phone (909)-558-4647, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information and assistance.
10. SUBJECTS STATEMENT OF CONSENT:
may call Naomi J. Schwenke at 651-398-6877 or Brian Distelberg at 909-558-4547
ext. 47019 if I have additional questions or concerns.
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