Sexuality & Couples

Sophie Bergeron  Ph.D

SCOUP current projects

International Sex Survey (ISS)


Description :

The International Sex Survey (ISS) is a large, cross-cultural study that examines sexuality, including the positive (e.g., sexual satisfaction, sexual desire) and negative aspects of it (e.g., sexual risk-taking, sexual function problems) via an anonymous online survey. We will donate 50 cents (USD) to non-profit, sexuality-related international organizations (e.g., World Association for Sexual Health) for every completed survey, with a maximum of a 1000 USD donation. The ISS will be conducted with more than 40 participating countries. This way, we can compare the results across different cultures, and have a more comprehensive understanding of sexuality all over the world. Thus, your participation in the study will help with the success of our research.

What are the ISS study objectives?

Healthy sexuality is an integral part of the human experience and well-being. However, some sexual behaviours may result in significant distress or impairment in different life areas (e.g., work issues). Our mission is to systematically examine why and for whom some sexual behaviours may result in optimal or adverse outcomes, and help people who may experience sexual problems.

What are the implications of the ISS?

With the results of this study, we will be able to:
1. Provide publicly available scales in several languages that can reliably assess different sexual behaviours that may be used in future research and practice
2. Identify risk and protective factors that can contribute to the development of sexual problems
3. Identify at-risk groups that may benefit from future prevention and intervention programs

Who are the main researchers in the ISS team?

➢ Dr. Beáta Bőthe, Ph.D., Principal investigator, University of Montreal, Canada
➢ Dr. Zsolt Demetrovics, Ph.D., D.Sc., Co-investigator, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
➢ Dr. Shane W. Kraus, Ph.D., Co-investigator, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
➢ Dr. Marc N. Potenza, Ph.D., M.D., Co-investigator, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA; Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, Wethersfield, USA; Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven, USA
➢ Mónika Koós, MA & Léna Nagy, MA, Co-investigator, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Canadian investigators:

➢ Dr. Sophie Bergeron, Ph.D., Collaborator, Université de Montréal, Canada
➢ Dr. Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel, Ph.D., Collaborator, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada

Who to contact?

If you are interested in our research and have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Project JOURNEY: An Online Couples Study About Experiences with Fertility Treatment



The Couples and Relationships Research Lab (Université de Montréal), the Couple & Sexual Health Laboratory (Dalhousie University) and the Laboratoire de recherche sur le couple et la sexualité (Université de Sherbrooke) are now recruiting couples to participate in a research study.

Our study aims to assess the factors that contribute to the psychological, relationship, and sexual adjustment of couples who are considering using assisted reproduction technology (ART) and to explore their decisions to continue or discontinue treatment.

Participating couples are invited to complete 5 questionnaires every 6 months over a period of 2 years. A financial Amazon compensation ($180/couple) is offered to thank participants for their time.

The research project has been approved by University of Montreal’s Research Ethics Board and by Dalhousie University Research Ethics Board. This study is financed through a grant awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, issued to our principal investigator Dr. Katherine Péloquin, PhD, at the Department of psychology (Université de Montréal).

Who can participate:

Couples aged 18 and over who are undergoing fertility treatments, and who both wish to complete online questionnaires every 6 months. *Other eligibility criteria may apply.

How to participate:

Fill out this brief eligibility questionnaire:

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