Researcher Seeking Non-Monogamous People in the UK

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As was suggested at Polyday, we’ve been keeping an eye out for non-monogamy research requests in the UK and here is our first one!

Hi, I’m Dr Christine Campbell, from St Mary’s University College, Twickenham and I’m about to begin a piece of research on consensual non-monogamy along with a colleague – Jane Adlard from Southampton Solent University. We’re looking for participants who are, or have been, in consensually non-monogamous relationships. What do I mean by that? – you might identify yourself as in an open-relationship or a swinger or polyamorous or you might not like labels at all, but that’s the kind of thing we’re talking about. There’s no money I’m afraid, but it will only take about 40 minutes and should be quite fun and interesting. I’ll come to you, there will be a few questionnaires, but mostly I’ll be asking you to talk about your relationship(s) in the form of a semi-structured interview (i.e. I’ll have some questions but we can go off topic).

I think it’s a really exciting time for consensually non-monogamous people, it’s becoming more mainstream and yet there’s hardly any serious academic research on this type of lifestyle. As a result there’s an unspoken assumption of monogamy in almost all the literature on relationships. I’m hoping to redress the balance slightly and am in the process of publishing one study in a mainstream psychology journal, this research will hopefully be the second.

The legal bit: You can refuse to take part, you can withdraw your participation at any time, you can ask for your data to be removed from the study with absolutely no consequences. Any information you give me is anonymised and stored securely, if it is used in any publications I guarantee you personally won’t be identifiable. I operate under strict ethical guidelines as laid down by my university and the British Psychological Society.

We’re hoping to begin data collection in October and carry on till Christmas, if you think that you, or anyone else you know, might be interested then please send us an email (with absolutely no obligation) with your contact details, any questions and maybe a bit about yourself to relationships.research@hotmail.co.uk

You can either contact Dr. Campbell yourself or, if you would prefer, you can drop us an email at research@polytical.org and we’ll pass your details on for you.

This is very exciting times and I’ve already sent my own volunteering application. I hope plenty of you will join me in this research, if you can!

About Alex

Alex is a geek, archer, gamer, LGBT ally, polyamorous activist. He has a real passion for getting things done and helped found Polytical.org. His personal site can be found at xmakina.co.uk

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