Here you will find some additional information on the study, as well as answers to questions that we have received from other respondents.
What's in it for me?
Other than the sense of fulfillment and self-satisfaction you'll get out of participating in a research study like this, there's also a $100 Cash Card up for grabs at every time point! By the time you complete the last time point, you'll have six chances to pick one up in the draw. You will be automatically entered into the draw at the completion of each time point.
What will you do with my responses?
The average symptom levels of everyone who completes the survey (thousands of people) will be analysed together; your responses will be anonymous, and will not be analysed separately from the group. We appreciate that some of these questions ask about sensitive and personal aspects of your life. Please be assured that all data will be treated with total confidence.
How can my responses be anonymous if you have my email?
Your email address is not linked to your responses; it is replaced by your randomly generated ID number in our data set. Your email will only be used to allocate you an ID number, to send you a reminder to complete the next time point, to enter you into the prize draw, and to send you the results of the study if you request them. The reminders for each time point are sent automatically, and only you know your ID number.
Who is conducting this research?
This study is being conducted by Miriam Forbes (phone: 0412 156 597, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) to meet the requirements of PhD – Psychology under the supervision of Dr Carolyn Schniering (phone: (02) 9850 6741, email: email@example.com) and A/Prof Andrew Baillie (phone: (02) 9850 9436, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Department of Psychology.
Are there any risks?
It is possible that answering questions about emotional problems could bring out negative feelings, although from our past experience this is unlikely. However, if you do experience distress or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance (Andrew: (02) 9850 9436, Carolyn: (02) 9850 6741, or Miriam: 0412 156 597). Some further places to seek assistance are listed below:
· Salvo Crisis/Suicide Prevention Line: 9331 2000
· Mental Health Helpline: 1300 302 980
· Lifeline: 13 11 14
· NSW Rape Crisis Centre: 1800 424 017
· Centre for Emotional Health: 9850 4084
· APS Find a Psychologist Webpage:
· Your local GP
If you have any questions about the study that haven't been answered, please don't hesitate to contact us.
I expected to have received a reminder by now, but I haven't. What should I do?
It's come to my attention that some reminder emails may be going straight to people's junk mail, rather than their inbox. This is terrible news for me, because it means I'm losing those of you with good intentions to complete each time point!
This is apparently due to the volume of emails we send.
What you can do is: add email@example.com to your 'safe list' of emails and/or check your junk mail box regularly.
It's also very important that you don't click 'Report Spam' if you decide not to continue with the study. Reply to the reminder, write 'Unsubscribe' and I will remove you from the mailing list.
Do I get $100 every time I complete a survey?
No. Every time you complete a survey, you are entered into a draw for $100. This means you have a chance of winning $100 at each time point, but it is by no means certain. Your chances of winning at each time point depend on how many people complete that survey.
I don't think that the questions in the surveys represent my experiences and/or situation adequately
I have had some people contact me with worries that the survey is pushing an agenda that mood or stress cause sexual problems, and others that feel their unique situation isn't accounted for by the survey.
My response to the first concern is that I have no personal agenda in this research; I want to find out what the relationships are, but I don't have any expectations about the results. Each time point represents a cross-sectional assessment of the symptom levels we're interested in, and we're going to look at the patterns found in the data over time. It may be that mood and/or stress are generating sexual problems, or vice versa, or a common factor may be causing all of the symptoms. Likewise, positive emotions and relaxation may foster a healthy sex life, and vice versa.
If you feel you have a unique situation that isn't accounted for by our study, please mention any relevant information in the 'Is there anything you would like to add?' box (for example: partner mental or sexual health issues, early menopause, illness or injury). We're interested in getting as wide a variety of personal experiences as possible, and there is no 'normal' or standard set of experiences we're trying to get at.
I clicked on the link that was emailed to me, but found an error message that says 'Your session has expired and your response, if any, has been recorded.' Why am I getting this error message?
This message means that you missed the window to either start or complete this time point.
If you believe the survey has expired ahead of schedule please email me and I'll send you a fresh link. This process is still anonymous because I only need to know your email, and the program knows your ID number and allocates you to the correct time point automatically.
I am not heterosexual, can I still complete the survey?
Yes please! We're interested in responses from people of all walks of life, and none of the questionnaires are sexuality-specific.
I am in more than one relationship at the moment, how should I answer the questions about 'my partner'?
If you are in more than one relationship, choose one partner to refer to in answering all of the questions. It is important not to change between different partners from one question to another. It is probably best to pick your primary sexual relationship, as you will have more information to draw from when answering the questions about sexual activity.
Do I have to be in a sexual relationship to participate in the study?
Nope. While some of the questions relate to sexual relationships, it is not necessary to be in a relationship to complete the survey. The questions that refer to 'sexual activity' (as opposed to 'sexual intercourse') include any type of sexual activity, including masturbation. Levels of desire are also of interest, and these questions are relevant for all of us.
Can I leave the survey and come back later?
Yes! You can close your browser and return to the page you were on (within 24 hours), simply by clicking on the link you used to start the survey.