Love During the Pandemic:

A Global Study of Couples with Kids

In collaboration with Dr. Luana Cunha Ferreira, University of Lisbon

About the Research Project

The main purpose of this study is to deepen the scientific knowledge regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the relationship, intimacy, sexual wellbeing of couples with kids.

Our hope is to gain insights through this study that will help couples going forward.

This study is approved by the Ethics committee of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Lisbon.

The study is now closed for participation. We are analyzing the data now!

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Research Details

Participation Reward

We know parents are busy, busy! So we do not take it lightly that you have taken time to contribute to this research. As a thank you, participants who complete the survey will have access to a digital goodie bag of discounts & gifts from community partners who are kindly supporting this project.

Who can participate

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be in a partnered relationship (all sexual orientations, genders, blended families / relationships welcome)
  • Have kid(s), the youngest of which is below 18 years old
Format of Study

A one time survey that takes ~10 mins to complete. You can close and return to complete the survey if you 1) use the same browser / device and, 2) are not using incognito mode.

If you are open to a follow up survey to help with longitudinal research, please check off the option with your email at the end of the study.

Data & Privacy

All responses are confidential and analysed by the research team. Your personal data will not be shared with any third parties.

At the end of the study, you can choose to remain anonymous or give your email to receive updates about the research, and/or Gilly (you can specify).

Do both partners need to do the survey?

No, the survey is meant for one individual to answer. So if both partners are doing the survey, please do them separately.

It is also not mandatory for both partners in the relationship to complete the survey (nor would we be able to tell which submissions are in a relationship!).

More Questions?

Participant questions — please do not hesitate to contact: lcferreira[at]psicologia.ulisboa.pt

Press Inquiries

Please contact Erin: erin[at]getgilly.com

The Research Team

Dr. Luana Cunha Ferreira
Dr. Luana Cunha Ferreira

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon

Luana holds a PhD in Clinical and Family Psychology. She has been practicing couple, individual and family therapy for more than a decade, and focuses her scientific research on the themes of parenting, conjugality, hetero and homo-affective families, intervention in family therapy, children and young people at risk / danger, parental alienation and the judicial system. She is an published author in several international scientific journals in the specialty.

Leonor Sentieiro
Leonor Sentieiro

PhD Student, Systemic Clinical Psychology, University of Lisbon

Leonor Sentieiro is currently a PhD student at the University of Lisbon where she also received her Masters Degree in Psychology. She is a Junior Clinical Psychologist at the Portugese Association for Victim Support and developed her dissertation on sexual abuse in men and interpersonal relationships.

Dr. Magda Sofia Roberto
Dr. Magda Sofia Roberto

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon

Magda holds a PhD in Social Psychology. Her current research activities are developed at the Center for Research in Psychological Science (CICPSI) addressing: 1) the health & wellbeing of digitally excluded social groups, 2) the role of social & moral norms in compliance behaviours; and, 3) the social determinants of migrant health. Her teaching interests are in research methods and statistics, and how student-centered methods can be applied to decrease statistics anxiety.

Erin Chen, MscMed
Erin Chen, MscMed

Founder & CEO, Gilly

As a trained sex & relationship counsellor and also a parent, Erin is familiar with the struggles that everyday couples face in their intimacy & relationships — and how these challenges might have been prevented. She is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of sexual wellness in everyday healthy, happy living. Erin holds a Masters of Science in Medicine in Sexual Health Counseling from the University of Sydney.

Project Community Partners

Each partner has kindly contributed to the digital goodie bag that will be available for participants who complete the research survey. From vegan cookies to couples yoga to erotica and toys — this is our thank you for taking the time to support this study!

Thank you to our partners for their support!


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