VERONICA’S TEAM PICK:
Sometimes, just sometimes, Autostraddle exists to make the world a better place in ways besides just letting you know what’s up with Claire this week and where to buy boyshorts. Sometimes we help science happen! Like right now, when we point you towards this study on intimate relationships being conducted at Whittier College. It’s super simple and just takes 30 minutes and only involves talking about yourself/your feelings, which you love doing anyway, and just has to be in bubble format as opposed to gchat or comments or whatever. The study organizers want to have a variety of identities represented, which means you, queermos!
There are various ways that relationships can be intimate, such as spending time together, sharing personal information, expressing feelings, being physically affectionate, or engaging in sexual behaviors. This study focuses primarily on intimate relationships that can be considered romantic or sexual. That includes dating, hooking up, seeing someone, having a girlfriend or boyfriend, courtship, marriage, and other casual or committed relationships.
How similar or different are intimate relationships across cultures? How are they influenced by social background, attitudes, and values? How do intimate relationships affect happiness and other aspects of well-being? This study will help researchers explore these issues. It will also provide a way for participants to evaluate their own intimate relationships and well-being. How satisfied are you with your intimate relationships? How happy are you with your life?
In order to participate you must be at least 18 years of age, so that you can legally consent. It should take about 30 minutes or longer to answer the questions, so begin when you have enough time to complete them. The questions are in four sections: Cultural and Social Background, Attitudes and Values, Intimate Relationships, and Well-Being.
Your answers will be entirely anonymous. No IP addresses are collected. You may terminate your participation at any time without penalty. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact Ann M. Kakaliouras, Ph.D., Chair of the Whittier College Human Subjects Protection Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go forth and represent us well. Just don’t discuss your answers with anyone! Seriously that’s part of the study. But also do it! Thank you!