ROSE Study (Relationships, Observation, Sexuality and Emotions)

Homme et femme en couple sur un quai au bord de l'eau


The Sexual Health Laboratory (Université de Montréal) and the Couples & Sexual Health Laboratory (Dalhousie University) are currently recruiting couples in which one person experiences low sexual desire to participate in a new study.

The aim of the study is to examine the impact of various psychological factors on the sexual, relational and psychological well-being of couples experiencing low sexual desire. As part of this broader aim, we are assessing a variety of factors that may be related to how couples cope with low sexual desire, including sexual functioning, relationship quality, negative childhood experiences and emotional regulation. The results of this study will be used to help develop interventions for couples affected by this problem.

We will collect data from 275 couples in which one member 1) experiences low sexual desire and 2) identifies as a woman (cis or trans) or considers being a woman to be at least part of their identity (inclusive of non-binary people). The study will include partners regardless of their gender identity, biological sex and sexual orientation.

Eligible couples will complete five online surveys over a two-year period, and participate in an in-person session at our lab.

Couples will receive compensation of up to $280/couple for completing all study surveys and participating in the laboratory session.

This project is approved by the Université de Montréal’s Education and Psychology Research Ethics Board and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Who can participate*?

To participate, both partners must agree to participate and:

(a) Be 18 years of age or older

(b) Have been in a relationship for at least 1 year

(c) Live in the Montreal area or be able to travel there once for the lab session.

In addition, one of the partners must:

(d) Experience persistent difficulties with sexual desire and/or sexual arousal, which will be assessed during the eligibility process.

*Other eligibility criteria may apply.

How to participate:

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