Participate in Research on Emotional Intelligence and CNM?

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Researchers at Colorado State University in Pueblo are conducting a study on emotional intelligence and CNM. If you are interested in participating, read more below.


I am part of a research team at Colorado State University-Pueblo that is conducting research about monogamous and various forms of non-monogamous relationships. We feel that the mononormative society we live in often has hostile views of polyamory (and other types of non-monogamy), often based on misinformation and misunderstandings. In an effort to help defeat some of the common misconceptions regarding consensually non-monogamous relationships, we are currently investigating the role of emotional intelligence/competence in relationships. We have developed a short survey asking a few demographic questions as well as a series of questions about how the respondent processes emotions. This survey will help us to determine if there are any differences between the role of emotional intelligence in monogamous and consensually non-monogamous relationships.  The survey can be accessed online at .

I’m writing to ask if you would consider distributing our survey via any of your social media platforms and/or email. This was designed as a very large-scale research project, but our ability to recruit participants has been significantly hampered due to the current pandemic and resulting social distancing, sheltering in place, quarantining, etc. We can’t go to social gathering sites to distribute participant recruitment materials, because there are no social gatherings. We can’t place posters with recruitment information at the locations we intended, because most of them aren’t open to the public and there aren’t many people out-and-about, anyway. We had hoped to gather participants in person throughout Colorado (where we live) AND participants nation-wide (and even internationally) online, but it appears we’ll be restricted to almost entirely online solicitation of participants. In any study, it’s important to get as many participants as possible representing as wide of a range of the population as possible, so since we are only able to recruit via the internet, it is especially important that we try to reach out to as many potential participant sources as possible to ensure this diversity of data.

Very truly yours,

Frances F. Martin

 frances Martin

(719) 320-0828

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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