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 65 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.
- 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.
- 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 65 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.