Participate in Research about Communication in CNM Relationships?

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Rachael Purtell is a Ph.D. student at West Virginia University who is interested in conducting interpersonal communication research with consensually non-monogamous (CNM) populations. See below for more information on the study.

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We are working on a research project that examines communication with a committed partner  about extradyadic sexual encounters (i.e., sex with someone other than a primary partner, life  partner, nesting partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.). If you are 1) 18 years or older and 2)  currently in a self-defined committed consensually non-monogamous relationship with at least  one partner (e.g., primary partner, nesting partner, life partner) and 3) have disclosed  information about an extradyadic sexual encounter in the past six months you are eligible to  voluntarily participate. As incentive for your participation in this study, you may choose to be  entered in a raffle to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards. Please note that the co-investigator is a member of the polyam community. 

This anonymous online survey will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete and is  conducted by co-investigator R. E. Purtell and principal investigator Dr. Megan R. Dillow from  WVU’s Department of Communication Studies in 113 Armstrong Hall, P.O. Box 6293,  Morgantown, WV, 26505.  

If you wish to participate in this voluntary research study, you can follow the link below to learn  details of the study and complete the survey. This survey will in no way identify you to your  survey responses.  

Survey Link:  

If you would like more information about this research project, feel free to contact co investigator R. E. Purtell at (304)  

West Virginia University’s Review Board acknowledgment of this project is on file (Protocol  #2110448607). 

Thank you in advance for your participation! 


Dr. Megan R. Dillow Associate Professor Principal Investigator 

R. E. Purtell 

Ph.D. Student 


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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