Couple Communication: How does the Way you Communicate with your Partner Affect your Relationship?

University of Toronto, Department of Psychology

Our study tracks how couples communicate with each other over time in order to discover how couples can better solve conflicts in their relationship. This study involves a two-step screening process (i.e., a very short survey and screening phone call) for which you will be entered into a draw to win a $100 CAD gift card, an initial survey for which you will receive $15 CAD, 8 consecutive brief weekly surveys for which you will receive up to $40 CAD and a short follow-up survey 6 months later, for which you will receive $15 CAD. Given the longer-term commitment we require in this study, we want to emphasize that couples will be compensated appropriately for their valuable time and efforts (up to $70 CAD per person or $140 per couple).

Your Impact

By participating in our study, you will provide researchers valuable insight into how couples can better navigate conflicts and promote healthy and happy relationships.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

At least 18 years old

Living with a romantic partner

In a romantic relationship for at least 1 year

Living in Canada or the United States

Able to read and write in English

Both partners willing to participate

Study Tasks

The tasks consist of filling out an initial 45-60 minute survey, 8 consecutive 10-15 minute weekly surveys and a final 10-minute follow-up survey 6 months later.


This research has been approved by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board (Protocol # 37757)



Activity and Time


Online, Phone Call

Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends

3 hours total, 10 sessions

There will also be an initial online survey and phone screening process to ensure couples' eligibility prior enrollment.


Up to $70 

Study Address

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

You must be a resident in North America to join this study

Posting date: Mar 19, 2020

Earn $70