Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Participate in a Couples Study

Are you and your spouse legally married (or in a civil union) and at least 18 years of age?
Have you or your partner consumed alcoholic beverages in the past 6 months?
Is alcohol use an area of disagreement in your marriage? (e.g. has one of you expressed concern about the other's drinking?)
If you answered yes to the above questions, you and your spouse are eligible to participate in a research survey regarding the relationship between marriage, alcohol use, and alcohol-related help seeking behaviors.
The survey has a section for both partners, and will take each participant approximately 20 minutes. Survey responses will be anonymous. 
An opportunity to enter a raffle will be made available to those participants that complete the entire survey. Contact information provided to enter the raffle cannot be connected to your survey responses.

Start Survey Here:

This study has been approved by the Clark Committee for the Rights of Human Participants in Research and Training Programs (IRB). Any questions about human rights issues should be directed to the IRB Chair, Dr. James P. Elliott, 508-793-7152, jelliott@clarku.edu. The study is being conducted by C.J. Fleming, M.A. and James Cordova, Ph.D. in the Psychology Department at Clark University. Please feel free to contact the researcher ( alcoholusesurveyemail@gmail.com ) or the research supervisor ( jcordova@clarku.edu ) with any questions or concerns.

About CJ:

My name is CJ and I am a graduate student working towards my Ph.D. in clinical psychology. I am currently working on my dissertation research, which focuses on a partner's role in a person's decision to seek help for alcohol use issues. I am passionate about understanding the pathways to seeking help for alcohol use problems given that alcohol can be a major risk factor for suicide, domestic violence, and other serious issues with family and employment. I have always been interested in work with couples in both clinical settings and in my research, and so it is my natural inclination to try to understand this issue from a family perspective.

It is particularly important to me to make sure that veterans and military personnel are represented in my study, considering the increasing rates of alcohol use in returning vets and the many ways in which alcohol use can uniquely affect military and veteran relationships.

About the Study:

Broadly, I am interested in knowing if and how a person's partner plays a major role in his/her decision to seek help for alcohol problems. Is it often a person's spouse who convinces him/her to speak to someone about alcohol problems, or are other factors more important? Does a spouse's own drinking behavior or help-seeking behavior play a role in a drinker's decision about his/her own behavior? Considering the important role of the family in our overall mental and physical health, I expect that a person's partner plays a major role in many of his/her decisions, but I hope to understand this phenomena better, to find ways to bridge the gap between those who may need to make a change and the services available to them.


Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post.

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