Hey Baby! Couples’ Sexual Wellbeing Study

Study Information
Purpose of Study
The purpose of this research is to examine factors impacting sexual and relationship satisfaction during the transition to parenthood.
Associated Lab
The Couples and Sexual Health Lab at Dalhousie University
Lead Researchers: Samantha Dawson, Ph.D. (Post-doctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University) & Natalie Rosen, Ph.D., R. Psych (Associate Professor, Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre). Main contact: Gillian Boudreau, Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University
Benefits of Participating
We hope this research will help the development of better information for new parent couples about what to expect when they become parents, as well as the development of new interventions for couples during this transition.
You can receive up to a total of $230 CDN (or USD equivalency) per couple in the form of gift cards for submitting all of the surveys and diaries in the study. Specifically, you will each receive $10, $5, $5, $10, $10, and $15 CDN (or USD equivalency) for each of 6 surveys (18-weeks, 32-weeks, 2-weeks postpartum, 3-, 9-, and 15-months), as well as be eligible to enter a draw for one of three $100 CDN gift cards (or USD equivalency) if all 6 surveys are submitted. You and your partner will each receive $60 CDN (or USD equivalency) for the daily diaries.

  1. You are 18 years of age or older
  2. You are involved in a committed and cohabiting romantic relationship of at least six months with your partner AND your partner is also willing and able to participate in this study
  3. You or your partner are currently 12-23 weeks pregnant with your first child (singleton pregnancy). The non-pregnant partner does not have to be a biological parent to the child; however, there must be no other children from previous relationships living full-time in your home. This must be your first child with your partner because we are interested in couples navigating the transition to parenthood.
  4. You must live in Canada or the United States
  5. You have access to a personal e-mail account to receive e-mailed links to study surveys
  6. You must be able to read and understand English
  7. You are not affected by a major mental health condition (e.g., psychosis, bipolar disorder) that you do not consider to be well-managed.
    • *This study aims to be inclusive to individuals of all gender identities, bodies, and orientations

  1. N/A - See above

What You'll Be Asked to Do:
      This is a two-part study and each part is completed entirely online.
      Part 1: You and your partner will each be asked to fill out an online survey on your own at six time points (20- and 32-weeks gestation and 2-weeks, 3-, 9-, and 15-months postpartum) throughout the transition to parenthood.
      Part 2: You and your partner will each be asked to complete brief daily diaries online for 21-days starting between 3- and 4-months postpartum.

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