COVID-19 Couples Study – WHIRLab

COVID-19 Couples Study

WHIRL is trying to understand how couples are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are currently living with a romantic partner, please help us by taking this 15-minute anonymous survey.

The survey will include questions about your personality, current living and employment situation, and how the pandemic and sheltering-in-place have affected your romantic relationship.


Curious about the results? Check out some initial results from our first 1,000 participants!

More About the Study

Participating with your partner: We are interested in the experience of both members of romantic couples and would like your partner to take our survey as well. If you think your partner would be interested, we will give you a code and link at the end of the survey to share with your partner.

Privacy: This survey is completely anonymous, we will not ask any personal identifying information. You will be given the option to skip any questions that make you uncomfortable. Data may be made available online to other researchers. Aggregated results may be posted online.

If you have questions, please contact us at

This research study was reviewed and determined to be exempt by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Institutional Review Board on April 8th, 2020, Study eResearch ID: HUM00180123.

Resources for Couples

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a lot of change, uncertainty, and stress. This change, uncertainty, and stress, along with spending so much more time together at home, is likely to create conflict and difficulties in many cohabiting couple’s lives. Here are a few resources to help couples cope:

Online counselors
Tips for couples from relationship experts: Time Magazine Article | UC Berkeley News
A Psychology Today blog post by Dr. Gordon

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