Preschool Families Study Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you collecting text messages?
We are collecting text messages so that we can understand how couples communicate in daily life and how this relates to how they deal with challenges.

Why do you need both my partner and I to participate?
We would like both you and your partner to participate because we want to get both of your perspectives and understand how you work together as a couple to cope with stress.

How much time does this study take all totaled?
This study will take about 3-4 hours of your time, typically over a span of about one month.

How will you extract the text messages from my phone?
This depends on your preferences.  The first option is that we can send you written instructions and you or your partner can extract the messages yourselves. The second option is that we can walk you through this over the phone.  For individuals living in the lower mainland, we have a third option, which is that we can meet you or your spouse in person and guide you through the extraction in person or we can do it for you.

The bottom line is that you get to choose. You can take some time to think about which option you prefer and we can set something up after the daily diary part of this study.

Will pictures be included in your collection of text messages?
No, pictures will not be included in the collection of your messages.

What date range of messages will you be collecting?
We will be requesting that you provide 90 days of messages. There will be an opportunity for you to delete any messages that you are uncomfortable with sharing.

Am I able to receive communications about the study results?
Yes, we will provide information about our findings.

What security precautions are being implemented to protect my personal information?
We take security of data very seriously. In our lab, we have up-to-date SSL and encryption protocols on secure servers maintained and accessible only by our research team. UBC prides itself on ensuring data protection against various attacks from outside sources ranging from protection of our Wi-Fi and the servers. UBC is also compliant with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and compliant with all laws in British Columbia Canada regarding data security.

Should you have any further questions, please visit: At this website, it is possible to get more detailed information from our IT Services directly.

Where will the data from the questionnaires be stored?
All information collected from the questionnaires will be stored on a secure UBC server. This database abides by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). For more information, please visit

Will my personal information be publicized (e.g. uploaded to a website or published in a journal)?
No. Your confidentiality is ensured. Any documents containing your name or other identifying material will be kept separate from all other records and stored in separate computer files. Instead, you will be assigned a code number, which will be used to identify these records. The computer files will be stored on password protected computers at the University of British Columbia. Upon receipt of your data, we will delete any names. In addition, the information you provide is for research purposes only. We will never include any identifying information in any publication or presentation of the findings. Only members of the research team will have access to the data you provide.