Intimate Partner Relationship Research Study Seeks Couples

Research Centre: Medical University of South Carolina
Location: 5 Charleston Center Drive, Suite 151, Charleston, SC 29401
Lead Researcher: Dr. Julianne Flanagan
Ethics Committee: This material has been reviewed and approved by the Medical University of SC Institutional Review Board


Intimate partner conflict is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. This study is aiming to understand if a potential new therapy can be an option for those experiencing mild or moderate physical intimate partner conflict with their partner.

Researchers are looking to understand the effects of a investigational medication, Oxytocin, on couples’ communication skills and behaviors, as well as alcohol craving. Oxytocin is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and it has been shown to increase feelings of warmth and trust and to reduce fear. The medication is in the form of a nasal spray and has been approved for use in other conditions.

This study seeks men and women between the ages of 18 and 75 who are currently in a romantic relationship, and either you or your partner drinks alcohol. Participants are asked to attend 1 study site visit and each person will be compensated upon completion of the study.

Why Participate?

  • You and your partner will each be compensated $100 each upon completion of the study
  • You will be helping to better understand the therapy options available for couples
  • You will be contributing to finding treatment options for those experiencing intimate partner conflict
  • You will be helping to advance medical research.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by the law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Men and women between the ages of 18 and 75 years old
  • Both partners must be willing to participate in the study
  • Must be fluent in English
  • At least 1 partner consumes alcohol
  • Able to attend 1-2 visits at the research site in Charleston, SC
  • Both partners must be available to attend either a 1 time study visit of 5-hours or 2 2.5/3-hour study visits at the research site.

What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
Click Here to Enter Your Contact Details and Be Contacted by Phone About the Trial