Research Project Information Sheet
Ethics Approval Number: S181236

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Research Team Contact Details
The research team consists of Chief Investigator, Dr Kay Pozzebon (University of the Sunshine Coast), and Mrs Miriam Porchun (Student Researcher). Please direct questions to:

Chief Investigator
Dr Kay Pozzebon
Telephone: (07) 5459 4604

Student Investigator
Mrs Miriam Porchun

Project Description
The purpose of this project is to investigate how emotional intelligence, attachment style, relational satisfaction, conflict, empathy, and respect for one’s partner can predict positive intimate relationships. If you are 18 years or older and in a current intimate relationship, you are invited to participate in this project.

If you agree to participate in this project, you will be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 25 minutes of your time. The survey will ask questions such as: “To what extent has your relationship met your original expectations?” and “When I am faced with obstacles, I remember times I faced similar obstacles and overcame them.”

The survey takes place online via a link provided and will take place at a time and location convenient to you.

Your participation in this project is completely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you are not required to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw at any point. Please note that if you wish to withdraw from the project after you have submitted your responses, the research team will be unable to remove your data from the project because your responses are not identifiable.

Your decision to participate (or not), will in no way impact your current or future relationship with the University of the Sunshine Coast.

You will be asked to provide consent before participating in the research. The research team will not be able to identify if you choose to participate. Consent is for the use of non-identifiable data in this research project only.

Risks and Benefits
There are potentially minimal risks associated with your participation in this project. These include questions about trust in your relationship and how you relate to others. Sometimes thinking about the sorts of issues raised in the survey can create some uncomfortable or distressing feelings. If you need to talk to someone about this immediately please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. You may also wish to consider consulting your General Practitioner (GP) for additional support.

While it is not anticipated that this project will directly benefit you, the results of the study will further increase the understanding of the factors contributing to relational competence.
Privacy, Confidentiality and Results
Any data collected as a part of this project will be stored securely as per USC’s Research Data Management policy. All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law.

If you would like a summary of findings of this research project, please contact the Student Investigator, Miriam Porchun (listed above). Non-identifiable results may be presented at external or internal conferences or meetings, or by publication.

Concerns or Complaints
If you have any concerns or complaints about the way this research project is being conducted you can raise them with the Chief Investigator (listed above). If you prefer an independent person, contact the Chairperson of the USC Human Research Ethics Committee: (c/- Office of Research, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC 4558; telephone (07) 5430 2823; email

Thank you for consideration of this study. Please keep a copy of this sheet for your information.