FAQ

We started by obtaining lists of recently married couples from across the country. Then, couples from those lists were randomly selected to participate.
We will be sending you and your spouse a $100 Amazon gift card via email. However, both spouses must complete the survey for this compensation. A few smaller surveys may be sent throughout the year. If completed, you and your spouse will be sent via email an additional Amazon gift card for $20.
The CREATE Project is comprised of a group of eight scholars with more than 95 years of combined experience in researching family relationships. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Jeremy Yorgason, Ph.D., a professor at Brigham Young University. To learn more about the people running this project, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. To contact Dr. Yorgason or the CREATE team, click here.
Your personal information will only be used to contact you for follow-up to the initial survey. The information will be kept private and only made available to those on the CREATE team who need to know who you are for the purposes of connecting follow-up surveys to your initial survey. Access to your information will be kept as limited as possible. No personal information will be distributed to any third parties or used for any purpose beyond the research. No personal information will be included in any publications of research conducted through the CREATE project.
The purpose of our research is to better understand how life events and changes affect marriages. We are following couples around the country to better understand how couples respond to change and the negative or positive outcomes of stressful events. This will be accomplished by sending surveys to couples at the beginning of their marriage and then follow-up surveys after any of the life events found in Holmes & Rahe’s research in 1967. The entire article can be found here.
We are required to maintain confidentiality of all responses and for all participants, including your spouse. You may share your answers with your spouse, but we will not. Please do not answer the surveys together, however, as we want you to be as truthful with us and yourself as possible.
Only couples who have been invited from us may enroll in the research. If you have been sent an invitation previously and would like to know the your status with the project, please hit the “Check Status” button above and follow the instructions given. Please make sure the information provided is accurate so that we can contact you and send you your gift card.
If you and your spouse go through separation or divorce, you are still eligible to participate in the CREATE Study for a $50 gift card. Just use the link we sent in your email and indicate that you have been separated. If your new partner is willing, we do invite them to participate in the study as well.
If you are having trouble receiving your Amazon Gift Card, make sure to check your spam folder in your email or ask your spouse if they have received it. If you are still having trouble, please don't hesitate to contact us by clicking here. The typical response time is 2-3 business days. We will do everything we can to get that gift card to you.
A longitudinal study is a research study in which the same people are followed over an extended period of time and surveyed at multiple time points. This differs from other research that only surveys people once or twice in a very short period of time.
Qualtrics is a company that administers surveys online that we have utilized to administer the CREATE Surveys. Any contact you have from them will only be for the purposes of the CREATE Project. Additionally, Qualtrics does not disclose any of your data to third parties.
We anticipate that this project will be long term over approximately 10 years, as we want to know how your life unfolds with life changes! We will be in contact with you a few times a year to find out what life events have occurred for you and your spouse. However, you may withdraw from the study at any time and are not obligated to answer future surveys.
The CREATE Project is funded by the Family Studies Center at Brigham young University. The Family Studies Center uses private donations and endowments to conduct high quality research on a variety of topics connected to families. For more information on what the Center funds please click here and select “Sponsored Research” from the menu.
As we conduct our research, we send out batches of emails and sometimes your link is in a later batch. Other times, your spam filter may have accidentally caught our email. If you are curious as to your status in the study, need a new link, or have any other questions, please click the Check Status button above to receive more information!