Participate in Research on Communication in Polyamorous Relationships?

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A graduate student at West Virginia University, Rachael Purtell, is conducting research on communication patterns in polyamorous relationships. If you are over 18, currently in a polyamorous relationship, and have a partner that has started a new relationship within the last six months then Rachael Purtell would love to have you take the survey described below. For more details, read the rest of this post:


We are working on a dissertation that examines communication with a committed partner during important transitions in consensually non-monogamous relationships.

Eligility Criteria

1) 18 years or older and

2) currently in a self-defined committed consensually non-monogamous relationship with at least one partner (e.g., including but not limited to a primary partner, nesting partner, life partner) and

3) that partner has started a new sexual or romantic partnership with someone other than yourself in the past six months

As incentive for your participation in this study, you may choose to be entered in a raffle to win one of eight $100 Amazon gift cards. Please note that the co-investigator is a member of the polyam community and identifies as pansexual.

This anonymous online survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and is conducted by co-investigator R. E. Purtell and principal investigator Dr. Matthew M. Martin from WVU’s Department of Communication Studies in 108 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. Your participation is completely voluntary. You may skip any question that you do not wish to answer and you may discontinue at any time.

Survey Link:

If you would like more information about this research project, feel free to contact coinvestigator R. E. Purtell at West Virginia University’s Review Board acknowledgment of this project is on file (Protocol 2301698499)

Thank you in advance for your participation!
Dr. Matthew M. Martin
Principal Investigator

R. E. Purtell (she/her/hers)
PhD Candidate, Department of Communication Studies
West Virginia University
(304) 293-3905 office

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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