Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Help with Research Plea: Spousal Sabotage Edition


Not sure if you remember, but a ways back I published a quick request for a survey a doctoral student was conducting on spousal sabotage.

Well, she's almost done collecting data, but needs just a few more answers to her short survey.

In the spirit of furthering our understanding of one of the many issues faced by folks trying to lose or maintain their weights, how about carving out a bit of time for her today?  She's in the last slog of her data collection and she only needs 35 more people (who did not take an earlier version) to take the survey by clicking here!

Amanda is also draining the last of her dissertation funding by increasing the drawing for this round to 10 gift cards (one $100 card and nine $25 cards). Additionally, she is donating $1 for every completed survey to your choice of 1 of 5 charities (Playworks, The Carter Center, Teach for America, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, or MAP International).

If you can answer yes to all four of the following inclusion criteria questions, then consider taking her survey so she can complete her dissertation. Let's help Amanda become Dr. Amanda Harp!

1) Are you at least 18 years of age?
2) Have you been participating in a weight loss program for the past consecutive 5 weeks?
3) Have you been in a committed, cohabitating relationship for the past two years?
4) Do you ever feel like your partner/spouse gets in the way of your weight loss?


If so, you're invited to participate in an anonymous, online survey:

Please spread this far and wide.  Tweet, FB share, Google + - whatever floats your boat.  Honestly, how cool is it that social media's going to play a real role in completing this PhD?  

[This survey should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Responses cannot be traced back to participants. Any question may be left unanswered. Participation is voluntary and may be withdrawn at any time. Upon survey completion, you will be provided with an email address and subject line to enter a drawing for 1 of 10 gift cards (one $100 card and nine $25 cards). Each participant who completes the survey may also select to have $1 donated by the researcher to the participant’s choice of 1 of these 5 charities: Playworks, The Carter Center, Teach for America, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, or MAP International.]


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2 comments:

  1. Alexie6:11 am

    What a great topic. For me, it's not my partner who causes problems, it's friends and family. Ever since I lost a significant amount of weight, one particular friend has taken to turning up on my doorstep bearing cake. She's very thin herself and was very disapproving of me being fat - yet now it's like she's turned into a feeder. I think she enjoyed disapproving of my being overweight.

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  2. Anonymous3:03 pm

    I cam across this by accident and although it does not address spousal/partner sabotage, I felt I should also mention another huge area of sabotage: the workplace. Vegan and vegetarian lifestyles are thoroughly accepted and understood but try being gluten and/or sugar sensitive. Every co-worker will try and push baked goods, cakes, cookies, breads down your throat. People have even snuck up behind my back and shoved a plateful of cake under my nose knowing my struggles.

    I think these people, including partners, feel threatened by your would-be success and therefore need to undermine it.

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