Online Studies on Relationship Issues

This page contains links to several web-based surveys, experiments, or announcements of remote interview opportunities posted by IARR members.

If you are an IARR member who would like to add a link to your IRB-approved study click here to provide additional information. Note that many university IRB/Ethics Review committees will require that you have obtained permission for collecting data in this platform, and it might require that you send in a modification request.

If you are an instructor of a class and would like to build an assignment or extra credit opportunity around having your students complete one or more of the studies and answer other questions about them, click here for example directions and an assignment that can be used and adapted. In accordance with many IRB/Ethics Review committees, make sure that students also have a non-research opportunity to earn the credit.

If you are someone interested in participating in one or more of these studies, you are free to do so as long as you are eligible to participate and meet the selection criteria provided by the researcher. All studies will require that you be age 18 or older, and some may have other requirements (e.g., being in a romantic relationship of a certain length). Please do not start a researcher’s survey unless you have read carefully the informed consent page and are confident that you qualify for the study and have the time and interest in completing the survey in an honest and thorough way. IARR is dedicated to a scientific enterprise based on valid and thoughtfully-provided data. Note that some could be announcements of non-survey studies or involve an opportunity to sign up for a study and be contacted at a later time by the investigator.

Please direct any questions about the study to the researcher(s) listed in the Informed Consent page. Although IARR representatives will look over the study and request certification from the researcher for their IRB/Ethics approval prior to having the study posted, IARR does not monitor compliance with IRB/Ethics policies and procedures from the different universities and is not responsible for any negative consequences associated with participation in any of the studies.

(IARR wishes to thank Scott Plous of Wesleyan University, who manages the Social Psychology Network, for advice on how to post online surveys and for his service in posting many relationship surveys over the years.)

Available Online Studies

The Many Faces of Parental Separation: Effects of Prolonged Absence From One or Both Parents (Elaine Scharfe, Trent University,
In this study, we are exploring the effects of being separated from a parent as a child for at least one month. We are also interested in whether the separation has a different impact depending on the reason for the separation and length of separation. Participants (who must be age 18 or older) will complete surveys about the separation(s) and their views of relationships.

Perceived Characteristics of Effective Teachers (Julie Verette Lindenbaum, Russell Sage College,
You will be asked to think about your most effective teachers, and describe why they were so effective. You will also be asked to describe how you tend to think about challenges. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this study.