Diabetes, Attachment, and Relationship Satisfaction

Research Information Sheet: University of Detroit Mercy

Title of Study: Diabetes, Attachment, and Relationship Satisfaction


Principal Investigator (PI): Brandi Roelk

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Carol Weisfeld

School and Department/Division: College of Liberal Arts & Education/ Psychology


Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between romantic partnerships and diabetes outcomes. It will utilize a survey to collect information from those with diabetes and their romantic partners.


Study Procedures

If you agree to take part in the study, it will require you to complete a questionnaire. It is estimated that completion of the questionnaire will take 30-45 minutes. Approximately 410 volunteer couples will participate in this study. Participation is entirely voluntary, and you may withdraw from the study at any time with no penalty to you. You may also choose not to answer certain questions.


Potential Benefits

Although you may not receive direct benefit from your participation in this study, others may ultimately benefit from the knowledge obtained in this study.


Foreseeable Risks

This project is unlikely to have more than minimal risk, or any risk greater than that encountered in your routine daily activities. Some of the survey questions ask you to think about your personal experiences and relationships which may cause some emotional distress. This distress is not expected to exceed distress experienced in everyday life. However, if you are experiencing a significant amount of distress, please call the NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or the  National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


Costs to You

There will be no costs to you for participation in this research study.



If you are part of this study, you will receive no compensation or payment. However, at the completion of the survey, you will have the opportunity to provide your email address to be entered into a drawing for one of two $25 Amazon gift cards.



You will not be identified in any reports on this study. Results of the study will be reported in aggregate form only. Records will be kept confidential to the extent provided by federal, state, and local law. However, the Institutional Review Board, the sponsor of the study, or university and government officials responsible for monitoring this study may inspect the records.



If you have any questions about this study now or in the future, you may contact Brandi Roelk at the following phone number 734-655-0247 or email, fulkbr@udmercy.edu. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, Michelle Wheater, Chair of the Institutional Review Board can be contacted at (313) 494-6634 or at wheatemi@udmercy.edu.

UDM IRB #1819-41; Approved Through 03/01/2020

There are 100 questions in this survey.

A note on privacy
This survey is anonymous.
The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it. If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.