How do our relationships change as we grow older? Unfortunately, most research on marriage and dating has focused almost exclusively on the relationships of young adults. Thus, interventions designed to help people have happier, healthier relationships are being informed by studies conducted on a limited segment of the population. This project, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, will compare older and younger couples, both married and dating, to examine potential age-related changes in how couples approach relationship challenges, as well as the implications of different coping strategies for emotional and physical health. The study is expected to enroll a total of 300 couples.

So far, 200 couples have participated in the study. Currently, we are still seeking couples who fall into one of following four "categories": 1) Couples ages 30-45 who have been dating less than 3 years, 2) couples ages 45-60 who have been married for at least 10 years, 3) couples ages 45-60 who have been dating for less than 3 years and  4) couples age 60+ who have been dating less than 3 years. Eligible couples can receive up to $150 as compensation for their time. If you and your partner/companion are interested in participating, please contact the team at 512-475-7527 or for more information.