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New Survey: When Your Spouse Struggles with Doubt or Leaves the Church

Adam Fisher, Ph.D. Candidate, and psychology intern at Brigham Young University, is conducting a new survey, and is looking for married individuals who have experienced their spouses struggling with doubt, changing in religious beliefs, or leaving the church.  A similar study was conducted last year – this one is new, so even if you completed the previous survey, you are invited to participate this time as well.

Adam is hoping to learn more about what makes marriages work for these couples, and ultimately wants to better assist couples facing this challenge, as well as therapists working with these couples. Ultimately, the goal is for the information to be shared with those interested through journal and magazine articles, trainings for mental health professionals, and consultation with clergy where appropriate.

After 4 brief screening questions, the survey will take about 20-30 minutes. To be eligible for the survey, you must be over 18, married (or separated, but not divorced) to one spouse, have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time of the marriage, but subsequently experienced your spouse’s change in beliefs, struggles with doubt, or leaving the church.

If you would like to participate, click here.

The study is being conducted by Ellen Vaughan, Ph.D., and Adam R. Fisher, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, at Indiana University. Although Adam Fisher is an intern at BYU, the conducting of the study is not in any way affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For more information, you may contact the researchers at sex.and.relationships.research@gmail.com. If you know of someone else who may be interested in participating, please forward her or him this announcement, or send him or her to the Facebook page, Religion and Relationships.

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