Becoming Parents

Bringing home your first child is an exciting and often challenging transition for couples. The goal of this research project is to understand how couples navigate the transition to parenthood and how both the individual and the couple change during the transition to being a parent. Specifically, we examine the roles, daily activities, health behaviors, and the support processes in couples both before and after they bring their first child home.

Any couple anticipating bringing their first child home in the near future be it through birth, adoption, or surrogacy is eligible to participate. Participation involves meeting with a team of two researchers to learn more about the study and to complete a background questionnaire. This initial meeting typically requires less than an hour of the participants’ time and can take place at a location of the participants’ choosing (e.g. a coffee shop, the participants’ home, our research lab on UT’s campus). At the end of this meeting, soon-to-be parents will each be provided with an electronic device on which they will take daily surveys each night before bed for 3 weeks. These short daily surveys take 5-8 minutes to complete and tell us about the participants’ daily activities, behavior, mood, and health. We then ask participants to complete another 3 weeks of surveys when their child is 9 weeks old. Participants can earn up to $100 over the course of this study.

If you would like to learn more, please email, call 512.232.1968, or complete our contact page.

Frequently Asked Questions for participants in Becoming Parents:

I have been asked to complete a survey online.  Where do I find that?

Here is a link to the online survey. []  Please use the login and password provided to you by a research assistant.  If you haven’t received a login and password, please email us at and include your name in the email.

When I go into the iform application, I see The Daily Living Project logo, but the survey never comes up.  What should I do?

You actually have to tap The Daily Living Project logo to get to the survey page. If tapping it does not solve your problem, please see the next question.

I do not see today’s survey.  What should I do?

First, be sure it is past 5 pm as the surveys are only available from 5 pm – 1 am.  Second, the most common reason that people can’t find a new survey is because when they completed the last survey, they did not hit the home button. Try turning on the itouch and hitting the home button and then re-entering the iform application.  If this does not solve the problem, try powering the itouch completely off (holding the power button at the top of the device down until the turn-off screen comes on and then slide the scale to turn it off), wait ten seconds, push the power button (you will have to wait as the device reboots) and then try entering iform again.  If you still are not seeing a new survey, please contact the lab (link to contact information).  We will try to troubleshoot your problem, but sometimes devices do fail and we have to switch your device with a new one.

When do I receive payment for my participation?

As soon as we have both devices, both you and your partner’s, back in the lab we will mail out your giftcards.

I just finished the first 3 weeks of diaries, do I keep the devices for the next time I am supposed to take them or mail them back?

Please mail them back as soon as you are finished with the first three weeks.  That way we can get your giftcards to you and also we need to update your devices as the second survey is slightly different than the first.

When does the second session start?

We will be in touch with you to find out when your baby was born/brought home and the next round of diary entries will start when your child turns 9 weeks old.

How can I learn about the results of the study?

We cannot let you know about any results until the study is completed (all participants have completed their surveys) and we have published our findings.  If you would like to be notified when we publish or present data gathered from The Daily Living Project, please let us know and we will email to alert you.