STUDIES

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

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.

What does the study involve?

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

(a) 1.5 hour lab visit, where you will learn about the stress reduction program and complete a discussion activity with your romantic partner

(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 your romantic partner

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 smart phone or other internet-enabled device. 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 you:
  • Your romantic partner is also willing to participate
  • Do not engage in systematic mind/body practice (e.g., yoga or meditation) >2 times/week
  • Have access to an 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 $480 per couple. This payment is broken down into the following components:
  • First lab visit: $45 per person
  • 14-day intervention: $90 per person
  • Second lab visit: $75 per person
  • BONUS: You can also earn $30 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 added 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.

IMPORTANT: 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 LINK: https://delaware.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ZzNV8nuDraaFLv