chronic pain, chronic sex, research

Study Alert: Chronic Pain and Relationships

You have the opportunity to help researchers at the University of New Brunswick conducting a study understand how chronic pain conditions interfere with relationships!
This study is designed to help understand how pain/health issues affect people’s views of themselves as eligible, valuable romantic partners, as some of UNB’s ongoing research suggests people beliefs about their worth as a potential partner is used as a reason to defer dating/staying single despite a desire for a partner. They think it’s possible CP contributes to feelings of shame, perceptions of low self-esteem and relationship competency, and low satisfaction in relationships via pain’s contributions to physical limitations and mental health symptoms (i.e., depression, anxiety).
If you are Canadian and at least 18 years old, or American and at least 21 years old, you are eligible to participate. Since the questionnaires can be done online, the study is open to all consenting adults.
In the questionnaires, you will be asked for a little bit of information about you (e.g., age, gender), any persistent health conditions you may experience, your relationships, and your feelings about yourself. It will take 30- 45 minutes to complete the questionnaires. Participation is voluntary and all information you choose to share will be kept confidential. All participants will be entered into a drawing to receive a $10 honorarium (i.e., a gift card) for their time.
If you are interested in learning more about the study please go to the study website at or contact Lyndsay Crump (doctoral student in clinical psychology), Rehabilitation Psychology Research Laboratory (University of New Brunswick) at
Please note that getting more information about this study does not obligate you to participate. This project has received ethics approval from the University of New Brunswick (REB 2015-120).


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