Past research has shown that the way we think others feel about our relationship (approve or disapprove) can really take a toll on our relationship quality as well as our mental and physical health. In the Insider-Outsider Relationships Study, we want to hear about relationship opinions from both sides — the people Inside the relationship and the people Outside of the relationship. It can be difficult to be on the receiving end of disapproval for one’s relationship, but it can also be really hard for friends and family members to make decisions about whether or not to express their disapproval or take a ‘wait and see’ approach. We’d like to know more about how people navigate these tricky situations so that we can better understand how people communicate to each other about relationships, and ultimately, how this type of communication influences romantic relationships as well as friendships and familial relationships.
To learn more, visit the Insider-Outsider Introduction Page! The study involves completing an online survey and you have the option to participate alone or with a friend or family member. You can either be someone IN a relationship or someone who has an opinion about someone else’s relationship.