Social Research: Exploring the lived experiences of couples in which one person is diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis.

By Anonym

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The following is an announcement from SAA about a 3rd party study. SAA is not affiliated with this study, the researchers, or the university.

The study explores a couples' experience where one partner is diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. The study requires joint couples' interviews exploring the couples' journeys from diagnosis to now, the challenges presented by the condition, and the impact these challenges have had on the relationship.

The researcher is looking for:

•    Men diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, with symptom onset 12 months or more.

•    Been in the same relationship for the past 12 months. 

•    Both partners are 18 or older, and both are willing to take part in a joint interview.

Interviews will be approximately 60 minutes, and take place via Skype. For further information please email Satinder at:


About this study, and the researcher:

My name is Satinder Singh, and I am conducting this study as part of my dissertation for the MSc Health Psychology course at De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom. Dr. Helene Mitchell, a senior lecturer at the university with a research background in chronic illness, will supervise the dissertation. I am interested in exploring the experiences of couples diagnosed with AS and how they have managed the condition as a unit.

For my dissertation I would like to extend previous research by conducting in-depth joint couples’ interviews, to explore the couples’ journeys from diagnosis, the challenges presented by Ankylosing Spondylitis, and the impact these challenges have had on their relationship. This study has been put together following the guidelines of the British Psychological Society, and the National Health Research Ethics Service in the UK. It has been independently reviewed and approved by De Montfort University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

Although this study will be for my dissertation project, I aim to have it published, in the hope it will raise awareness of the condition and issues faced by couples. The key findings of the study will also be fed back to NASS and SAA to support couples with the condition.


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