Couple's Health
Research Study
Researchers at Southern Methodist University are conducting a research study to learn more about how a long-term relationship can affect one's physical health.
Visits Conducted in Dallas, TX
Compensation Provided
Must Be 25 Years and Older
Must Be Living as a Couple for at Least 3 Years
Fast Facts
Both Partners Must Be Involved
Study Background
How could your relationship & your physical health be linked?

We are conducting a research study to learn more about how couples’ experiences and people’s feelings about their partners are related to the activity of their immune and cardiovascular systems. We will measure aspects of your immune system, heart rate, skin moisture, and blood pressure to see if these are related to your relationship with your spouse. These kinds of bodily changes may relate to your longer-term health.

Join us in a study exploring long-term relationships and their impact on your mood & health! Your participation in our study will help us to better understand how life with a partner may affect physical health through changes to the immune and cardiovascular systems. This knowledge may inform interventions to benefit the health of future couples.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
We are conducting a research study to learn more about how your feelings about your partner can be related to the activity of your immune and cardiovascular systems.
Is this study for my partner and I?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Inclusion Criteria:
  • Long-term partners living together for at least 3 years
  • Both partners must be interested in participating
  • Both partners must be English speaking
  • Must be 25 years or older
What will happen if my partner and I participate in the study?
Participation involves :

  • A pre-screening application to determine whether you and your partner are eligible to participate.
  • Two 4-5 hour in-person appointments at SMU that take place less than a week apart. All visits take place on weekdays or weekend mornings.
  • During the appointments, you will complete questionnaires, assessments, discussions with your partner, and blood sampling.
Will my partner and I be paid for being in this research study?
You and your partner will be compensated up to $500 in total ($250 per person) for your participation in this study.
Will it cost my partner and I anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in our research program.