Digitalization, Burnout & Family Time: The Everyday Life of Couples in a Fast-Paced World

On our project website we provide detailed information on this research project:

Digitalization is changing everything from the work environment to our own homes. The Department of Couple and Family Psychology at WWU Münster is investigating the opportunities and risks it poses for the health of couples and families in a major diary study using experience sampling methods, smartphone tracking, and physiological measurements.
One of the objectives of the study is to gain a better understanding of how couples and families use their smartphones in everyday life and to explore the impacts on family dynamics.
Our team is currently looking for couples who want to participate. For more information, please click here.

This project is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia (Return Program; duration: 2019 to 2024).


The COUPLE study

Couselors' & Couples' Perspective in a Longitudinal Couple Therapy Evaluation Study (COUPLE)

Not only in times of the Corona pandemic, conflicts evolve between partners in romantic relationships. Several professional counselling centers provide help to cope constructively with conflicts.
As of today, there are only a few studies which take a closer look on couple therapy since the investigation of its underlying mechanism is complex.
In cooperation with the counseling centers for marriage, family, and life counseling of the catholic church in the Bishopric Münster, we face this challenge and use the opportunity for an intense and longitudinal monitoring of the counseling processes. We are interested in both - the couple’s perspective and the counselor’s perspective.
The study’s goal is to determine how couple counseling or couple therapy functions, for whom it is suitable, which aspects (e.g. competencies, attitudes, etc.) change best by which interventions, and how important the congruence between the perceptions of couple and counselor is.

The Corona Pandemic Study: Effects on Couples and Families

The spread of the coronavirus currently impacts people all over the world: curfews, contact bans, school and daycare closures and the increasing work from home have drastically changed our everyday lives. For many people, the pandemic caused financial or health issues.
This is what we are currently investigating in an international online study that is being conducted in 45 countries from the United States to Brazil, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia and Australia in cooperation with other teams of researchers. We want to investigate whether and how mental health is affected by Covid-19, how this influences the quality of partnerships and how couples deal with "corona-related" stress factors. Additionally, we want to explore the challenges and opportunities resulting from home office, home schooling and home childcare for families and how these changes affect the perceived work-life balance. Since people around the world are being surveyed on these issues, we also hope to discover similarities and differences in the way people are dealing with this global crisis across countries and cultures.