Love in the Works: Couples’ Relationship Functioning Over the Course of Job Relocation

University of Toronto, Department of Psychology

Our study tracks couples who are going to relocate for one partner’s job in the near future—a growing trend in our fast-paced, mobile world. The study involves an online survey that will be distributed prior to couples relocating, during the move (i.e. 5 brief biweekly surveys), and after the relocation (i.e. 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after). Given the longer-term commitment we require in this one-of-a-kind study, we want to emphasize that couples will be compensated appropriately for their valuable time and efforts (up to $120 CAD per person or $240 per couple).

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Your Impact

By participating in our study, you will provide researchers valuable insight into how romantic partners navigate the relocation process (a vastly understudied area) and what couples can do to achieve a smooth relocation process.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

At least 18 years old

Currently living together

Able to read and write in English

Planning to relocate for one of your jobs/schooling in the upcoming year (preferably in at least two months)

Both willing to participate in the study

Study Tasks

The tasks consist of filling out an initial survey approximately 2 months before the move, biweekly surveys for just under 3 consecutive months following the move (for a total of 5 biweekly assessments), and 4 additional follow-up surveys 3, 6, 9, and 12 months post-move.
The baseline and follow-up surveys will take around 45-60 minutes, while the biweekly surveys will be abbreviated versions of the full survey and will take around 10-20 minutes.


This research has been approved by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board (Protocol # 36971)



Activity and Time


Online, Phone Call

Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends

10 minute(s) - 60 minute(s) per session

10 session(s)

The will also be an email and phone screening process to ensure couple's eligibility prior enrolment.


Each participant will receive $10 CAD for the baseline survey, $7 CAD for each biweekly survey, and $15 CAD for each follow-up survey. Participants will also receive a bonus of $15 CAD if they complete all of the study surveys or all but one of the study surveys). In total, participants can receive up to $120 CAD each (or $240 CAD per couple).

Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

Posting date: Oct 24, 2019

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