Sexual Health
Laboratory

Sophie Bergeron  Ph.D

« Promoting the well-being and sexual health of individuals and couples ».

Our Current Projects

PRESAJ Study: Precursors of youth’s sexual and romantic relationships


Description :

The Sexual Health Laboratory (Université de Montréal) and the Laboratory of Jacinthe Dion (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi) are currently visiting high schools in Montreal and Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean in order to better understand youth’s sexual and romantic relationships and the challenges they entail. Adolescents in secondary 3 will complete a 30 to 45-minute questionnaire on an electronic tablet in the classroom. They will again respond to a lighter version of the questionnaire in secondary 4 and secondary 5.

Results of this study will be particularly relevant given that sexual education has become mandatory in schools within the province of Quebec. Our findings will inform interventions aimed at promoting healthy sexual development and romantic relationships in youth, especially sexual and gender minority youth and those who have experienced different types of victimization during childhood or adolescence. This project, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is approved by the Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Université de Montréal and the Research Ethics Board of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.

Who can participate:

High schools in Montreal and Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean that have been selected. We are not recruiting other schools at the moment.

The Role of Intimacy in Couple’s Sexual Well-Being: A Daily Diary Study


Description :

The Sexual Health Laboratory (Université de Montréal) and the Couple & Sexual Health Laboratory (Dalhousie University) are currently recruiting same-sex couples to participate in a new research project.

The purpose of this research project is to better understand how a couple’s daily intimacy and sexuality affects their wellbeing.

The study will be performed entirely online: Both partners will fill out three questionnaires within a 12-month period, and complete short daily diaries on the Internet for a period of five weeks (35 days). In compensation, couples will receive up to 160$ in Amazon gift certificates, depending on the completion of the questionnaires and diaries. This project is approved by the ethics committee for research in arts and science of the University of Montreal, and is funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

 

Who can participate:

Couples who have already been part of this project. We are not recruiting new participants.

Dyadic determinants of pain and related psychosexual impairment in women with vulvodynia and their partners.


Description :

This ongoing longitudinal project looks at the impact of couples factors on pain and psychosexual function in women and their partners, which will help healthcare professionals to develop more efficient treatments for these couples. Participation in this research project involves first completing questionnaires and then completing the same questionnaires again two years later. We are currently recontacting participating couples to complete the questionnaires at Time 3, i.e., seven years after the beginning of the study. This project has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the CHUM and the Faculty of Arts and Science at the Université de Montréal and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Who can participate:

Couples who have already been part of this project. We are not recruiting new participants.


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