A student working on a dissertation about Hawaii's low divorce rate is seeking couples to complete a survey packet on relationship satisfaction.
Adrianna Flavin, a state Department of Education behavioral health specialist, will be in the Lihikai Elementary School cafeteria on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and the Pukalani Elementary School cafeteria on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The survey should take 10 to 20 minutes and the packet includes a demographic questionnaire, an "Experiences in Close Relationships Questionnaire" that measures attachment style and the "Dyadic Adjustment Scale" that measures relationship satisfaction.
No contact information will be collected from participants.
Couples need to be age 21 years or older, have been living together for two or more years and be able to read and speak English fluently.
Those who participate in the survey will receive a $5 voucher for a free frozen yogurt with Orange Leaf.
Flavin said she needs at least 158 couples to reach statistical validity for the dissertation, the capstone of four years of work toward her doctorate through Walden University.
"This study seeks to explore the factors that may be associated with Hawaii's unusually low rate of divorce," she said in an email.
According to recent data, Hawaii has the fourth lowest rate of divorce nationwide and one of the highest rates of interethnic marriage in the world, Flavin said.
"To be sure, there is something worth studying here," she said. "We are a cultural melting pot, which is thriving amidst circumstances that would elsewhere handicap relationship success."
Flavin has been a behavioral health specialist at Haiku School since 2006. She also has experience as a counselor at Maui Youth & Family Services.
She earned her master's degree in psychology in 2001 and embarked on her quest for her doctoral degree in clinical psychology in the fall of 2007, after the birth of her second son.
For more information, call 573-5471.