Love in the Time of Gluten

Title: Love in the Time of Gluten

Description: The present study builds on an earlier study conducted by Boon and Holmgren (see Boon & Holmgren, 2019). In that study, we sampled individuals living with celiac disease and investigated their perceptions concerning the ways in which and the extent to which they believed celiac disease affected their current romantic relationships. Analysis of the data revealed that participants were involved in highly committed, long term, established relationships. The main goal of the present study is to explore the (perceived) effects of celiac disease on romantic relationships in an emerging adult sample. In doing so, we hope to extend our understanding of celiac disease’s possible effects on shorter, less well-established relationships among younger individuals. Research questions and hypotheses include: Do those who have never been in a romantic relationship identify their disease as a barrier to finding/developing such relationships? Do those with relationship experience but who are not currently involved in a relationship identify their disease as having been a barrier to the success of their most recent relationship? We predict that perceptions of the disease’s negative relationship impact will be lower and their perceptions of its positive impact will be greater the more participants perceive their current partners to be caring, understanding, and supportive.

Specifics: Study Population
Participants must have medically-diagnosed celiac disease, be between 18 and 28 years old, eat a gluten free diet, and not be in a relationship longer than 3 years in duration. You do not need to be in a relationship to participate.

Participant Obligation
Participants are asked to complete a fully anonymous online survey. We estimate that most participants should be able to complete the survey in 15 to 30 minutes. Participants can enter a lottery to win a $50 Indigo gift card for their time.

Location: online - Calgary.

Project lead: Susan Boon, student researcher: Emmery Poppleton

Study Dates: January 7, 2022 to January 6, 2023

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