I've just started listening to Jacqueline Hellyer's Podcasts, and they're pretty cool. The radio show is called "The Tantric Lounge" and she explores sexuality in a variety of contexts, integrating therapeutic, scientific and spiritual perspectives. I find it particularly interested because she explores the so-called "third wave" of sexuality, following the shaming from the Victorian era and the sleaze of the 60s and 70s sexual liberation, to now. Can we have a societal view of sex as a varied, positive and empowering experience, and not necessarily "dirty"? I think so, and I think views like that would lessen the connection we see between sexual problems and depression and anxiety.
For anyone who is interested, her website is: www.jacquelinehellyer.com, and it has a variety of articles, as well as links to her Podcasts, which are released weekly.
Sorry for the lengthy delay. This period of research is a slow one; I've finished with my old data set, and have papers slowly working their way through the pipeline. I've also started on the new data set, and will have a new paper ready to submit soon!
The news that I do have to update you with is that I've just returned from a fabulous work trip to the USA. I presented my PhD thesis at Northwestern University to the Medical Social Sciences Department and the Department of Preventative Medicine, and went to the International Academy for Sex Research Conference in Chicago. The conference was a great experience, where I met a lot of leading researchers in my field, and shared new and exciting ideas with new friends and colleagues. I was lucky enough to be selected to present a poster at the conference, so I also received some great feedback on my research.
I've just had a paper accepted with revisions, so I'll be able to share those results with you soon. I also have another study under review, and one to be submitted shortly! Still early days on my final study for my PhD, but I'm very excited to share all of my findings with you here in the future.
So just another note to let you know I haven't forgotten about you. Just waiting for the academic world to catch up with my enthusiasm for research, so I can shout my findings from a mountain top.
All the best,
Time for a well overdue update! It's difficult to keep posting regularly now because we have finished data collection, and our newest research output is still in the peer review pipeline. Unfortunately, I can't publicise our results here until they are published.
We have two more papers under review at the moment on the first data set, and have nearly finished analyses on Time Point 1 of the new data set! There are some awesome findings coming to light in the new data, and it has helped enormously to have a lot of people in the data set with varying symptom levels of all those constructs we measured!
I'm off to Chicago in August to present at the International Academy of Sex Research conference. It will be a great opportunity to get feedback from other researchers in the field.
Once we've finished the current analyses on Time Point 1 of our mighty fine data set, we'll (finally) get to start looking at the longitudinal relationships in the data. Can't wait to get my claws into those analyses.
So I promise I haven't forgotten about keeping you updated on our progress, and I will post here as soon as we have new findings to share.
All the best,
I've just had a look into the differences between the groups who started time point one and went on to finish time point six, and there were some interesting results:
- Women were more likely to go on to complete the final survey than men
- Older participants were more likely to continue (the average age went from 30 years old to 34 years old)
- People who were single, or living separately from their partner were less likely to finish time point six than people with other relationship statuses (married, de facto, divorced, widowed, etc.)
- Participants with more kids and/or more education were more likely to follow through to the last survey
- Employment status did not show any effects on completion rates, and people were equally likely to complete the surveys regardless of whether they were receiving treatment for a mental or physical difficulty.
These results are generally consistent with the trends we've seen in previous time points. The next thing I'll be interested in looking at is patterns of people who completed every survey compared to those who only completed a few. What motivated people to stick to answering these in-depth surveys every time?
It won't be such a long break until I have new information this time - I just moved house (again) and got married.
We've just bought a super computer, which will help us keep making progress on the models that we were stuck on earlier, and will hopefully speed up our progress on analysing time point one so we can move onto the good stuff!
I've just re-drawn the unclaimed prize for the sixth time point, so check those emails to see if you're the lucky last winner!
I'm getting married next weekend (sorry about the recent blog neglect), but when I return I will start investigating the new data set and will keep you all updated on any exciting new.
All the best,
Yay! I'm excited to announce the end of the data collection phase. Our final participants completed their sixth time point at 11 this morning. We officially have 497 complete responses at the sixth time point, which is a 49% retention rate! Amazing!
Thanks again to all of you for your ongoing dedication and support - it means a great deal to me. It will be a while before we get around to analysing all six time points, but we're making great progress on time point one.
Once I get a chance to look at time point six in more detail, and string together all of the data, I'll post about the response rates throughout the study.
I've just done the final prize draw so check those emails! Also keep an eye out for the results, which will be forwarded to you if you asked for them at the end of the study.
All the best,
I've just re-drawn the prize for Time Point Five - so check those emails and Spam boxes!
Just over a week until all time points are completed, and the data collection phase of this study is complete. Can't wait!
Time point four has finally been claimed! Now poor time point five has to be re-drawn, as it has remained unclaimed for the fortnight. I'm away at the moment, so the prize will be re-drawn on Monday. Check those emails!
Enjoy your weekend,
So Time Point Four will henceforth be know as the 'unpopular time point'. I've just redrawn it for a third time. Make sure you check those emails! You wouldn't want to check your spam box in two weeks, only to find you missed out!
Best of luck,
So as of this morning, everyone working their way through the survey has completed time point five! We have 464 complete time points, which represents a 46% retention rate. It might not sound great that just over half of our participants have dropped out, but I'm a glass-half-full kinda gal, and I think it's unreal that half of you actually stuck with an extensive online survey across five time points! Online surveys are particularly tricky to get people to stick with, because there's no one to call and remind you or cajole you into coming in for the next testing session. So a 46% retention rate is pretty brilliant for a study like this - thank you all so much for your dedication! I'm hoping that there will be a little spike up to 50% at time point six, but we'll see in a month.
The people who continued from time point one to time point five were more likely to be female, over 35, married or defacto, and have a university degree, compared to the people who did not complete time point five. At time point five, 76% of the sample is female (compared to 72% at time point 1), 65% don't have kids (compared to 70%), 68% have a uni degree (compared to 63%), and 46% work full time (same as at time point one). So we clearly don't have a representative sample of the population, but we have a good spread over all categories of demographics, which will give us plenty to work with.
In another month, the sixth time point will close, and the whole data collection phase will be complete! I can't adequately express how excited I am to have so much rich data to start work on answering the slippery questions on how depression, anxiety and sexual problems are related over time. Right now we're working on the time point one data, analysing some tricky models, and when that's done (probably early 2013) we'll get our hands dirty with this longitudinal data.
Now that the fifth time point is closed, we have done the fifth prize draw, and the fourth draw remains unclaimed! Again, if it's not claimed by next Tuesday, I'll redraw the prize for a third potential lucky winner. So there's two emails out there in cyberspace worth $100 that may have your name on them. Check those junk boxes - email servers might not like "win" "prize" and "sex" all in one email. Who knows why - sounds like a pretty good email to me!
Sorry for the lack of meaty updates lately. Should have more for you soon - when we start doing preliminary analyses on the whole six point dataset, and when our second paper gets published.
Thanks again for your support and interest.
All the best,