Another Chance to Participate in Multiple-Partner Maintenance Study

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My colleague Dr. Justin Mogilski has collected a team of experts (including me, Dr. Eli) to study how people in polyamorous and other consensually nonmonogamous relationship mantain their multiple-partner relationships. So far we have designed a series of surveys — see Dr. Mogilski’s message below for more information on how to participate:

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Hi everyone!

This is Justin Mogilski. I’ve been posting academic surveys about consensual non-monogamy for a little while now (link). Each time I do this, I learn something new, publish it in a peer-reviewed journal, and try to improve my study design.

Below is the current instantiation of my labor of love. I lead an international team studying relationship maintenance practices among people who have multiple romantic, sexual, or otherwise intimate relationships (e.g., polyamory, open relationships, swinging, solo poly, etc.). This project is funded by an ASPIRE grant from the UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research (link). We do not receive funding from other sources.

We’re looking for participants 🙂

If you have some time and currently have one (or more) intimate relationships, please complete any (or all!) of the following surveys. Some people have said the surveys are a bit longer (30+ minutes each, sorry), but the more info we have, the more detailed our conclusions will be.

The topic of each survey is masked to prevent sampling bias. Each has received ethics approval from the UofSC institutional review board. 

Survey #1:

Survey #2:

Survey #3:

I always appreciate feedback. And thank you!-


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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