Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CASA, CSE

One of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has studied gender and
families of sexual minorities for the last 16 years. Sheff’s television appearances include CNN, and the National Geographic, and she has given more than 20 radio, podcast, print, and television interviews with sources from Radio Slovenia to National Public Radio, the Sunday London Times to the Boston Globe and Newsweek. By emphasizing research methodology and findings in her discussions, Dr. Sheff presents the kind of public intellectualism that encourages audience members to think critically regarding gender, sexualities, and families.

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  1. One thought I had was that it does not qualify the respondent. Qualifying questions might include “what is your definition of monogamy” What is your position on ethical relationships? Have you ever had relationships with more than one person at a time where all participants knew of and consented to the multiple, simultaneous dynamic?”

  2. I feel like your question 6 is missing one (or perhaps two) of the most common answers that people would have: “I have no desire for an additional romantic/sexual relationship,” and “Did not find any partners that I wanted to engage in such relationships with.”

    1. Good point, I will include those in the next draft.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      Cheers, Elisabeth

  3. Cathleen Giordano says:

    Strongly agree with Brooks about question 6.
    Question 7 only has the last case listed in both an “informed” and “uninformed” manner. While I would hope the case for all people would be that when married or partnered, it is always wrong to withhold such information, I still feel this option should be included to further research. There are people in the world who feel entitled to keep secrets about their life even within the bonds of a partnership.

    Thank you for conducting this research. I’m very interested to see results when they’re out.

    1. Thanks Cathleen,

      I appreciate your willingness to read and consider these questions. Unfortunately there are so few responses in this cumbersome format that I do not really anticipate having results per se from this. What I do hope is to refine the questions enough that it makes sense to post them somewhere that can actually host the questionnaire in a meaningful way (Survey Monkey?) and rope someone with a quantitative brain (graduate student perhaps) in to helping me crunch the numbers. So if you know any number crunchers who are willing to take a stab at online data collection, please send them my way 🙂

      Thanks again,


  4. Hi Dr. Sheff, I love your blog! As of now, are you still seeking responses and feedback regarding this draft of the questions?

    1. Hi griffradulski,

      Yes, I am definitely still interested in refining the module. Any feedback you have would be appreciated, and any answers you provide can provide test data.

      Thanks, and if you do you have feedback please email it to me at drelisheff@gmail.com.



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