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Invitation to SA couples to participate in ME/CFS research

Friday 10 June 2011

QuestionnaireAdelaide counselling researcher Robyn Lingard from Tabor College is inviting couples to participate in South Australian research about living with ME/CFS. Robyn has had ME/CFS for the past 22 years and is interested in hearing the experiences of other sufferers/survivors:


Invitation to participate in research about
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis /
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The influence of ME/CFS upon couple relationships

Living with ME/CFS is a challenging experience that causes distress and grief for sufferers and their partners. ME/CFS is not welcome nor wanted, yet persists as part of their lives. Limited medical treatment means that sufferers and their partners are left with few options other than to search for ways to manage, endure, and survive.

However in the face of this suffering, some individuals and/or their partners experience aspects of personal and relationship growth.

This Masters Research Project asks participants to share their experiences of the positive and negative influences of ME/CFS upon their marriage or defacto partnership.

Would you be willing to confidentially share your experience so that together we can assist individuals and couples, just like you, who also live with this debilitating and baffling illness?

What will you be asked to do?

You and your partner will each be posted a short 10 minute questionnaire about what ME/CFS has meant for your relationship. You will then return the questionnaire in a stamped self-addressed envelope within 1 week of receiving the questionnaire.

A small number of couples will be contacted at a later date for a 30 – 60 minute interview. The interview will look at your answers to the questionnaire. The interview will be conducted at a location of your convenience, such as your home.

Who is eligible to participate in the study?

  • If you are married or in a defacto relationship
  • If you or your partner has ME/CFS
  • If a diagnosis of ME/CFS can be confirmed by your doctor

Are you available to participate or do you have further questions?

Please contact either:
Robyn Lingard on 08 8265 3694 or 0412 844 278 or email
Dr John Court (Research Supervisor) can be contacted on 0401 850 220.
We will return your call.


The invitation can also be downloaded:


Invitation to participate in research about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (PDF, 63KB)



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