Participate in Research on Polyamorous Parenting?

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A doctoral student, Melissa Manley in the Department of Psychology at Clark University, is conducting research on parents in polyamorous relationships. If you are interested in participating, check out the details below.


Hi all,
I am writing to ask for help recruiting for a study on consensually non-monogamous relationships among same sex-attracted parents and their partners in the United States. 
The study has been approved by the Clark IRB and funded by the Roy Scrivner Memorial grant. Participation involves completing one 60-90 minute survey (with $20 gift card compensation), and the opportunity to participate in an interview ($50 gift card compensation). Interested individuals can check their eligibility by taking the screening survey at
Below is additional information that could be shared with your networks:

Participants Needed for Study on Consensual Nonmonogamy and Parenthood!

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Have children (biological, adoptive, stepparents, and foster parents welcome!)
  • Have at least one current partner
  • Have ever agreed that it was okay to have sex with or hook up with other people in your current relationship. This might include open relationships or threesomes, even if you identify as monogamous.
  • Are age 18 or older
  • Can read and write in English

If you are interested in participating, take the screening survey at to determine whether you are eligible!

Full participation involves completing one online questionnaire about relationship and sexuality experiences for people who are parents, which takes about 60-90 minutes. If you complete the full online questionnaire, you will be given a $20 Amazon gift card. All information received in the study is kept completely confidential.

This study is being conducted by Melissa Manley under the supervision of Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D in the Department of Psychology at Clark University. This study has been approved by the Clark Committee for the Rights of Human Participants in Research and Training Programs (IRB). Contact with any questions.

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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