Same-Sex Couple's Transition to Parenthood: Stigma and Social Support
(Data collection for this study is complete)
Are you in a same-sex female relationship and either in the process of creating a family, currently expecting, or have a new infant in your household? Would you and your partner be willing to answer some confidential survey questions and participate in an interview about your experiences and family?
The purpose of this study is to examine the many ways families headed by same-sex couples have been created, examine the experiences, both positive (social support) and negative (stigma and discrimination), of creating your family, and learn about the relationship between partners.
The study consists of two major parts. The first part is an online survey that will take about 30-45 minutes to complete and phone/video interview which will take approximately 60-90 minutes of your time. Both members of the couple will participate separately and each will receive a $25 online Amazon gift card for their time.
The second part of the study will take place a few months later with a 10-15 minutes survey. This survey will be created from your prior interview. In addition, there will be a follow up phone/video discussion regarding your thoughts and opinions of the newly constructed survey. Again, both members of the couple will participate separately and each will receive a $25 online Amazon gift card for their time. Participants who take part in both parts of the study will receive a total of $50 in Amazon gift cards per individual.
To qualify for the study you have to identify as a cisgender female, be in a same-sex relationship, and you and your partner need to be either
(1) a couple where one partner is currently pregnant (second/third trimester) and will be biologically related to the child.
(2) a couple with a newborn (birth-2 months of age) who is biologically related to one member of the couple.
(3) a couple with a newborn (3-6 months of age) who is biologically related to one member of the couple.
You and/or your partner do not need to be the child’s legal parent to participate. This study has been approved by the Pennsylvania State University IRB #STUDY00009957. If you and your partner are interested in participating or want more information, please contact Dr. Samantha Tornello (Principal Investigator) via email SLT35@psu.edu. Dr. Tornello will send you a web link that you can use to access the study.
Thank you for your interest and I hope to hear about your family soon!