Introduction

Tiffany Channing, doctoral student and researcher at Regent University is conducting a study about the long term treatment effects of the Hope Focused Couples Project of the MMATE Center for her dissertation. This project is part of a clinical trial study, meaning that the researchers are investigating the effects of the project. You are being contacted as you were a past participant of the Hope Couples Project.

If you participate, you will complete a brief (10-15 minute) survey including questions about your current demographics, relationship satisfaction and functioning, quality of relationships, rating of your counselor, and if your primary goal was met during treatment. If you have further questions, you can contact Tiffany Channing or Jennifer Ripley at 757-774-6756 / jennrip@mail.regent.edu.

BENEFITS: You will be participating in research that provides further information on the long term effects of the Hope Focused Couples Project, which will allow researchers and clinicians to continue tailoring efficacious treatment for participants.

RISKS: As a result of answering questions about your relationship, you may briefly recall unpleasant events, arouse intense emotions, and/or alter close relationships. Please be aware of this risk.

CONFIDENTIALITY: All information supplied for research purposes will be kept confidential and secured with a lock or password at all times. The results may be presented at a conference or in a publication but your identity would not be revealed. We will retain the records for the period of time required by law.

The MMATE Center is directed by Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology. The Hope approach has been proven effective in multiple research studies published in academic journals or professional conferences for over 15 years. This Center was approved by the Academic Council of Regent University. This research is approved by the Human Subjects Review Committee in the School of Psychology and Counseling. The MMATE Center is housed within the Psychology Department at Regent, which is approved by the American Psychological Association.

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