Baby Makes 3! Couples' Sexual Wellbeing Study

Study Information
Purpose of Study
The purpose of this research is to examine daily 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 to learn more about how we can help new parents to have healthier and more satisfying lives.
Couples can receive up to a total of $150 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 $15 CDN (or USD equivalency) for the Baseline survey. You and your partner will each receive up to $60 CDN (or USD equivalency) for the daily diaries, prorated depending on the number of diaries that you are able to complete.

  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 8-15 weeks postpartum 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.
  8. Your/your partner's childbirth experience did not lead to major birth complications that are currently still affecting either the partner who gave birth or the child (e.g., your baby spent significant time in the NICU, parent or baby required medical or surgical interventions due to a health complication).
  9. You cannot be enrolled in the longitudinal Hey Baby! study.

      N/A - See above

What You'll Be Asked to Do:
      Each part of the study is completed entirely online.
      Baseline survey: You and your partner will each be asked to fill out an online survey on your own at 3-months postpartum. The baseline survey takes 30-45 minutes.
      Daily diaries: After you each complete the Baseline survey, you and your partner will each be asked to complete brief questionnaires online for 21-days starting between 3- and 4-months postpartum. The Daily Diaries take 5-15 minutes/day over 21 days.

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