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University of Miami
CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH STUDY
Web-Based Relationship Enhancement – Phase 2

This page describes the research study. Please read the information carefully. If you have additional questions before enrolling in the study, please contact project staff at OurRelationship@psy.miami.edu or call us at (305) 284-5613.

PURPOSE OF STUDY:

You are being asked to be a part of a research study to test self-help internet programs for your romantic relationship. These programs are NOT marriage counseling. We are interested in which program is more helpful overall and if having a coach helps you finish the program.

WHAT YOU WILL BE ASKED TO DO:

  1. First, you will take a 20-minute online survey that asks about you and your relationship. Both you and your partner need to finish this survey to be part of the study. If you and your partner are eligible, you will take a second 20-minute survey.
  2. Next, you and your partner will have a 15-minute call with project staff and have a chance to ask any questions.
  3. Then, you will be randomly assigned (in other words, assigned by chance, like flipping a coin) to the ePREP program, the ePREP program with a coach, the OurRelationship program, the OurRelationship program with a coach, or to a wait-list condition.
  4. If you start one of the programs right away with a coach:
    • You will work on online activities both separately and together with your partner.
    • You and your partner will have three more calls with your coach. Each call will last about 15 minutes. You should have these calls in a private location. You can do these calls on the weekend, during the week, or during the evening.
    • At the beginning of a call, your coach may ask if it is okay to make an audio (not video) recording of that call. These recordings will be erased when you are done with the study and will only be used for supervision purposes. These recordings are optional; you can still do the study even if you do not want to be recorded.
  5. If you start one of the programs right away without a coach:
    • You will work on online activities both separately and together with your partner.
    • If it seems like you and/or your partner are having trouble completing the program, you will be randomized a second time (again, like flipping a coin), to start working with a coach or continue without a coach. If you do work with a coach, you will be asked to have up to three more calls with a coach (described above in #4).
  6. If you start in the wait-list group:
    • Six months after starting the study, you and your partner will be able to choose whether you want to do the ePREP program without a coach or the OurRelationship program without a coach. If you decide to begin a program, we will ask you to take an online survey at the end of the program. That survey will take about 15 minutes to finish.
  7. No matter which group you are randomized to, you will:
    • Answer surveys about 1, 2, 4, and 6 months after starting the study. You will be paid for completing these surveys, as described below. We will ask you to take all of the research surveys, even if you do not finish the program

RISKS AND/OR DISCOMFORTS:

The programs could make your relationship problems worse instead of better. Also, answering the surveys might make you upset or worried.

There may be uncommon or previously unknown risks. You should report any problems to the researcher.

BENEFITS:

No direct benefit can be promised to you and your partner. However, in earlier studies of both ePREP and OurRelationship, the programs helped the average couple improve their relationship. So, they may be help your relationship as well.

WHAT COULD I DO INSTEAD?

If you do not want to do this study, you could see a marriage counselor, attend a relationship workshop, do another online program, or read a self-help book.

PRIVACY OF MY INFORMATION:

To protect the privacy of your information, we will:

  1. Use a study ID number: Your identifying information (e.g., name, address) will be separated from your answers after download. Your answers will be linked only to a study ID number.
  2. Use secure log-in IDs and passwords. You will chose your own user name and password when you start the program.
  3. Security of electronic data. Data collected as part of this study will be stored on secure servers at Qualtrics.com, Kineo US (our website company in Chicago, IL), or Mathematica (a company that works with the sponsor).

Staff at the following companies may be able to see your information:

  • The University of Miami
  • Administration of Children and Families (ACF)
  • Companies working with ACF

COSTS:

There are no costs for you to do this study.

PAYMENT:

You and your partner will each be paid separately. The values below are just what you will earn.

If you start the program right away, you will earn up to $200. You will get:

  • $50 for completing the online program
  • $100 for finishing four online surveys ($25 each)
  • $50 for referring one or more eligible couples to the study

If you start in the wait-list group, you will earn up to $250. You will get:

  • $200 for finishing four online surveys ($50 each)
  • $50 for referring one or more eligible couples to the study

For all payments, we will email you gift codes from national vendors such as Amazon.com and Walmart. You will be able to choose your payment from one of these vendors.

RIGHT TO DECLINE OR WITHDRAW:

Your participation in this study is voluntary. You do not have to start the study. You can also stop the study at any time during the study. The investigator can remove you without your consent if he feels it is in your best interest.

DISCLOSURE INFORMATION:

Dr. Brian Doss is a co-inventor of the intellectual property used in this study and an equity owner in OurRelationship LCC.

 

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