Physical and Mental Wellbeing of Women in Relationships with Men on the Autism Spectrum
Thank you for your interest in participating in this study. This study is being undertaken as part of the requirements of a Psy.D at the Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento, California.
The purpose of this study is to question whether a romantic relationship which involves a Neurotypical woman and a man with Autism Spectrum Disorder is fundamentally different from a normative romantic relationship and how such a relationship affects the physical and mental state as well as the personal sense of wellbeing of women. I believe that the information obtained from this study will contribute a lot to understanding neuro-diverse relationships and to raising public and clinical awareness to the effects intimate relationships with men on the Autistic Spectrum may have on women.
As the study is the first of its kind, I expect it to enrich the existent body of knowledge, which is lacking, and provide meaningful proof based empirical data. Hopefully, the obtained data will be used to develop clinical intervention methods that could provide the appropriate support for this specific sector of the population and develop preventative intervention measures and therapeutic guidance that could serve to assist couples where one of the partners is Autistic. Since the number of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is on a constant rise, I expect the conclusions of the study to shed light on the specific challenges faced by those involved in a neuro-diverse relationship and to serve as the foundation for creating an appropriate guidance plan which will offer tools on how to preserve and maintain romantic relationships for young people diagnosed with Autism.
Participation involves completing a few on-line questionnaires
and should take no more than 20 minutes.
In order to participate, you have to be at least 18 years old and you will need to identify with one of the following groups:
Group 1 - are single, married or divorced women, with or without children, who were, or still are in an intimate relationship with a man who is formally diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, for at least one year.
Group 2 - are single, married or divorced women, with or without children, who were, or still are in an intimate relationship with a man, for at least one year.
Your participation is completely voluntary. You may decline to answer any or all questions and you may terminate your involvement at any time if you choose.
All data is stored in a secured and anonymous manner. None of the questions in this study will ask you to identify yourself, so there is no way that I or anyone else will be able to link responses to identifiable people.
Filling out these questionnaires may increase your awareness of certain aspects of your relationship. I do not foresee any additional risks from participating in this study. If you have any questions at any time about this study, or if you experience adverse effects as the result of participating in this study, I may be contacted by:
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pnina.arad.1
I will be happy to schedule a skype conversation with you and to assist with any discomfort you may experience as a result of your participation in the study.
This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento, California.
If you decide to participate in this study, simply press the "Take Questionnaire" button and complete the following on-line questionnaires. Filling these questionnaires is expected to take approximately 20 minutes.
Results of the study will be reported in summary form.
If you are interested in receiving a written summary of the findings after the study is complete, please leave an email address.
I thank you very much for your time and consideration.