STUDIES

Stress Reduction Training for
Relationship and Personal Well- Being
(2019-2021)

**COVID Precautions**

We are taking the pandemic seriously and have implemented the following precautions to guard against COVID transmission.
  • The building we occupy is relatively vacant, so as you enter the building to find our lab you would likely not encounter many, if any, other people
  • Anyone who uses the building is required to wear a mask in any common spaces (e.g., the hallway, bathrooms, etc.)
  • When you are scheduled to be in the lab in-person, you will be the only participants in the lab at that time. The only other people in our 6 room lab space are the 2 staff members who will conduct the study, and they will always be masked.
  • During both in-person visits, you will regularly be alone in a room by yourself with the door closed. When a staff member needs to give you instructions, they will stand a minimum of 6 feet away at all times, except a few brief moments in the beginning when they help you put the blood pressure cuff on your arm.
  • We wipe all equipment down immediately before a couple is scheduled to arrive
  • Hand sanitizer and clorox wipes are available at all times in both of the rooms we use for the study (one room for each partner)
  • We are conducting health screenings for all staff and participants on a regular basis, and all staff have to have a negative COVID test on file with UD
  • You are required to wear a mask throughout the study, with one brief exception when you and your partner are together in a room by yourself having a discussion

What is the purpose of the study?


The purpose of this study is to help researchers understand peoples’ views about themselves and their romantic partner, and to test the impact of a stress-reduction program aimed at improving relationship and personal well-being.

What does the study involve?

This study has 3 components, and both partners complete all 3 components in this order:

(a) 2 hour lab visit, where you will learn about the stress reduction program and complete a discussion activity with each other

(b) 14-day stress reduction intervention completed at home on your smart phone for 10-20 minutes per day

(c) 2.5 hour lab visit where you will complete questionnaires and complete a discussion activity with each other

What does the stress reduction intervention involve?

You will both complete one 10-20 minute lesson per day, along with a short follow-up activity (which takes around 3-10 minutes). You should complete the lessons by yourself (not with your partner), and they will be completed on your internet-enabled smartphone. You will first be given instructions about the skill you are learning. Then you will go through a guided practice using that skill. Finally, you will complete self-guided practice. The research team has access to this online intervention, and thus will be able to determine if you have completed the daily activities. If you miss more than 4 lessons, your participation in the study will be terminated by the researchers.

Participants have reported that this intervention has helped reduce their stress, both in their personal lives and with their romantic partner.

Who can participate?

People from the community who have been living with their romantic partner for at least 2 years are eligible to apply, regardless of race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. In addition, you may be eligible if:
  • Your romantic partner is also willing to participate
  • You do not engage in systematic mind/body practice (e.g., yoga, meditation) >2 times/week
  • You have your own internet-enabled smartphone
  • Note that current UD students are not eligible to apply
What will I get in compensation for participating?

The primary benefit of participating is free access to the stress reduction program. Prior participants have indicated that the program is helpful, and we are excited to offer it free of charge.
 
You will receive free parking on campus for each visit. We are also offering money to support childcare and a cab/Uber to the lab for those who need it.

If you and your partner complete the entire study (including at least 13 of the 14 intervention activities), you will earn a total of $400 per couple. All payment is given at the end of the second visit. This payment is broken down into the following components:
  • First lab visit: $40 per person
  • 14-day intervention: $70 per person
  • Second lab visit: $65 per person
  • BONUS: You can also earn $25 bonus compensation per person for completing at least 13 of 14 intervention activities
How to apply?

You can read over the study consent ahead of time if desired here (link to be provided soon). In addition, if you would like to see the UD website for Dr. Jaremka, the principal investigator for this study, you can do so here.

Either you or your partner need complete the brief survey at the website below. We will let you know within a few business days of receiving your response whether you are eligible. Please contact us at projectclose@gmail.com if needed.

We ask for your contact information on the survey so we can let you know if you are eligible and then potentially schedule your appointment. Please double check this information to make sure there are no typos.

ELIGIBILITY SURVEY: https://delaware.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9uXATMp7pD3o7mB