Partners Connect
Research Study

Researchers at Stanford University are developing an online program designed to teach you new skills to improve your relationship, enhance personal wellness, and address problematic alcohol use.

Fast Facts

Have Partner or spouse in the military

living with partner or spouse

18 Years or Older

conducted online throughout the US

receive compensation for participation

Fast Facts

have partner or spouse in the military

living with partner or spouse

18 Years or Older

Conducted Online throughout the US

receive compensation for participation

Study Background

Research shows that family members can learn effective techniques that help them reduce their loved ones’ drinking.

Help researchers understand the impact of Partners Connect: a unique, online program designed to help military spouses & partners learn skills to improve communication, strengthen relationship quality, and reduce alcohol use.

If you decide to participate in this online study, you will be asked to:

  1. Complete an initial survey online
  2. Participate in a confidential online program (about 30-45 minutes a week for four weeks)
  3. Participate in a confidential interview about your experience with the program
  4. Complete a follow-up online survey two months later

All information collected is completely confidential. For complaints, concerns, or participant’s rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.

Additional Information

Our researchers are developing an online program, called Partners Connect, designed to help partners and spouses of military service members improve their communication, relationship quality, and alcohol use. This project wants to understand the impact of this program on military couples, such as yourself.

You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:

  • 18 years or older

  • Have a spouse or living with a partner who is currently a military service member (includes Reserve and Guard components)

  • Have concerns about your partner’s drinking

  • Not be in the military yourself 

  • Open to trying an online program addressing risky drinking

If eligible, you will first complete a confidential questionnaire, sharing more about you and your partner. Then, you will participate in a self-guided, online program over the next month. After finishing the program, you will participate in a confidential interview with someone on the research team, sharing more about your experience using the program. You will also be asked to complete another confidential survey two months later. There are no in-person visits, just contact via phone and email.

Compensation up to $175 for completing all study activities. 

There is no cost for you to participate in this study.

You can reach out to our study team at any time by emailing us at

Participant Testimonials

“I would absolutely recommend this program to a friend. It was only 4 sessions and I can see a huge difference in our relationship.”

"[My husband] has gotten a hold of his counselors and is working with them. He was not [seeing them before]. He saw that I was reaching out for help and he thought, ‘Oh, maybe I better do something.'"

"All of it was very helpful. I could tell a difference even after the first two weeks. It helped with communication. You gave me tools to communicate better—that helped the most…He got upset at work and wanted to go to the liquor store to get a drink. I asked him to wait 30 minutes and then he didn’t even want to go anymore. Before we would have gotten into a fight—I would have blamed him or said you’re doing something wrong. This time I said it’s up to you but I was nice about it and asked him to just wait a bit."