1. Introduction and Consent

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Thank you for your interest in this Best Friends and Romantic Partnerships study. This study is intended to be answered by MEN ONLY.

The purpose of this study is to explore the nature of the relationships men have with their romantic partner and best friend via an online questionnaire. Where individuals have both a partner and a best friend we are interested in the complexities of these relationships and how they may compliment each other. Where individuals do not have a partner we are interested in the complexities of their relationship with their best friend. The questionnaire asks you questions about your partner's, if you have one, and best friend’s characters and the nature of your relationship with them; its onset and maintenance, emotional, functional and practical aspects. When identifying your best friend you should refer to the non-related person you would turn to first, after your romantic partner, during a time of extreme difficulty or emotional distress.

The study will take about 30 minutes to complete.

The questionnaire is completed anonymously, and all data collected in this study will be kept completely confidential and stored electronically.

If you choose to participate in this research, you are free to withdraw at any time, no questions asked.

This research is being conducted by Dr Anna Machin (Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UD). If you have a question about any aspect of this study, please contact Dr Machin (anna.machin@psy.ox.ac.uk) who will answer your query.

This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Oxford Central University Ethics Committee. There are no risks involved in the study.

If you have a concern or complaint about the study, please contact Dr Chris Ballinger (Coordinator, of the Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee, Social Sciences, University of Oxford, chris.ballinger@socsci.ox.ac.uk) who will then direct your complaint to the appropriate body.

* Before proceeding please read and "sign" the consent form: