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New Insiders' Screening Survey

Informed Consent

Unfortunately, you do not qualify to participate in the "Outsider" version of the study at this time. However, you may still be eligible to participate in the "Insider" version of the study. To find out, please continue on to complete the Insider version of the screening survey. 

To save you time, some of your information from the Outsider Screening Survey has been passed through to this survey. 

Although the informed consent below is similar, please read it to become familiar with the Insider version of the study and then continue on to complete the screening survey if you wish to participate. 

Insider’s Versus Outsider’s Views of Romantic Relationships: Insider's Perspective

Co-investigator, Dr. Diane Holmberg, Acadia University

Co-investigator, Dr. Karen Blair , St. Francis Xavier University

Student Researcher, Kay Jenson,  Acadia University

Student Researcher, Nicole Tibbetts,  Acadia University

Research Ethics Board Chair, Dr. Stephen Maitzen, Acadia University

You are being invited to participate in a research study about insiders’ versus outsiders’ views of romantic relationships. We are interested in learning more about how a person’s own perception of their romantic relationship compares to their friends’ and family members’ perceptions. The objective of this research project is to attempt to understand how people give feedback to, and receive feedback from, their friends and family about different romantic relationships. Anyone currently in a romantic relationship is welcome to participate, and we welcome all different types of romantic relationship types and experiences. The questionnaire is being conducted online. This research project is being conducted by Dr. Diane Holmberg, Kay Jenson, and Nicole Tibbetts of Acadia University, and Dr. Karen Blair of St. Francis Xavier University, and is being funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

You will be asked to answer a few brief questions about your current romantic relationship and to provide the names of other people to participate in other sections of the current study. Completing this initial screening questionnaire will take you approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

There are no known risks if you decide to participate in this research study, nor are there any costs to you for participating in the study.  In the event that thinking about your romantic relationship experiences upsets you, you may find it useful to use the internet to search for counselling services in your region. Most areas have free support lines that you can call to discuss problematic issues.  Note that agreeing to this consent form does not waive your rights to legal recourse in the event that you experience any harm from this study. There are no conflicts of interest in conducting this study, and the data will not be used commercially in any way.

By participating in this brief Screening study, you will be entered into a monthly prize draw of $50 CAD. Additionally, you will be entered into a grand prize draw of $500 CAD, which will be conducted once the study is closed. You will remain eligible for any future prize draws, as long this study is running. During this Screening survey, you will be asked if you are willing to be contacted for additional studies in this program of research; each of those studies will have its own compensation in the form of payment or prize draws. The monthly $50 CAD prize draw money will be rewarded as an online (American participants only) or (Canadian participants only) gift card. The grand prize draw of $500 will be paid via PayPal or Amazon gift card (options for all participants) or e-mail bank transfer (for Canadian participants with suitable bank accounts only).

If you meet the criteria to participate in the next stage of the current study, we will reach out to you via our lab’s email ( with more information about the next steps. The next part of the study will involve forwarding an invitation email to friends or family members to ask them to take part in the study as well. Once a nominated friend or family member completes a brief Screening survey similar to this one, they will get an entry into the prize draws described above, and you will be given five additional prize draw entries as a thank you for inviting them. Afterward, we will invite you both to complete a more extensive online questionnaire. Each of you will be paid $10 CAD if you complete (i.e., answer the majority of questions on) your own survey. If the person you invite also completes their survey, then you'll receive a bonus $10 CAD payment for a total of $20 CAD.  If you are not part of a matched pair (i.e., you do not have an eligible friend or family member who is willing to take part in the larger study), you may still take part yourself, for additional prize draw entries.

This questionnaire stores its data on Survey Gizmo’s servers, which are housed in Canada. Any data sent electronically or stored online may be legally accessed by domestic or foreign authorities. This survey is anonymous. However, we will ask you to give us an email address. Note that any contact information you provide for this study will only be used for the purposes described, and will never be shared with any third parties.  If you wish to remain fully anonymous, please provide an email address that does not contain your name or any other potentially identifying information. All data will be analyzed as a group and presented in such a way that you are not individually identifiable.

We will also ask you, if you are willing, to provide first names / initials / aliases of other people to participate in a matched study, giving us their outside perspectives on your relationship. We will ask you, if willing, to forward an e-mail invitation to participate in the study to one or more of these people. (It’s up to them whether they do participate or not). We hope to get as many matched pairs as possible, as that will provide the most useful information to us. Note, however, that neither you nor the other people will ever see each other’s data, and in the end, either of you may choose to participate without the other one.

After completing this initial brief screening survey (5-10 minutes), if you meet criteria, we will email you with instructions on how to invite one of the other people whose names you provided to participate in the current study.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. If at any point you wish to withdraw from the study, simply exit the survey by closing your browser window. However, any partial data already entered on previous pages cannot be removed from the dataset, as we will have no way of identifying your data. Also, note that you can only be contacted for the next phase of the study if you provide us with an email address. If you wish to withdraw your data after survey completion, send us your email address and we will remove your data, as long as it is still possible to do so; however, if the data you provide has already been used in a study in a de-identified form, it will no longer be possible to remove your data.

Your data will be stored on a secure server, and only downloaded onto password-protected computers stored in locked offices. If you have any questions or concerns about completing the questionnaire or about being in this study, you may contact any of the researchers at the email addresses listed above.

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