Dec 132010
 

A cohort of mine from Widener University is behind this study, and I’m hoping to get lots of women and gender diverse people (who are/have been sexually intimate with women identified people) to participate. There is very little research done on queer sexuality, especially by people who recognize the difference between women, trans (men), gender queer and gender diverse. I’d love it if you’d support this great research by taking the survey if it applies to you, or at the very least (or if it doesn’t apply), passing it on, re-posting, etc. Thanks for doing your part in helping to create queer visibility and awareness.

-Shanna

This is a groundbreaking study about the lives of women and gender diverse people who are sexually intimate with women.  Please participate and forward on to others who you think might be interested.  Also, after you complete the survey, you can enter to win one of three $100 gift cards.

Are you a woman who is or has been sexually intimate with another woman?

—–OR—–

Are you gender diverse or trans and sexually intimate with women?

If you answered yes to either question, please take this survey

web.me.com/sexuality/

Who Can Participate?

You qualify if you identify as a woman who is sexually intimate with another woman OR a gender diverse person who is female-bodied, assigned female at birth and/or woman-identified and is sexually intimate with a woman. You must also be 18 years of age or older.

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this research study is to better understand the sexuality of women who are sexually intimate with women, gender diverse people who are sexually intimate with women, and those who may not identify their sexual orientation and/or gender so narrowly. In this study, sexual behavior and sexual identity will be measured to better understand women, including gender diverse people who are female-bodied, assigned female at birth and/or woman-identified, who are sexually intimate with women and those with whom they partner.

Description of the Study

This study is about sexuality and identity of women and gender diverse people who sexually partner with women.  The survey will take about 25 minutes to complete.  The study is completely anonymous, meaning there will be no way to trace any questions or data back to you or your computer, and it is completely free to participate.

Win a $100 Gift Card

After you finish the survey, you will be invited to enter to win one of three $100 gift certificates to say thank you for participating.

Additional Important Information

The Widener University Internal Review Board (Protocol #38-11)  has approved solicitation of participants. The Primary Investigator is Debbie Bazarsky, M.S., M.Ed.  If you have any questions, you may email her at sexuality@me.com.

Nov 092010
 

Passing this along again, as she needs a few more couples to complete her research. If you’re engaged and planning a marriage/wedding/commitment ceremony/celebration of LOVE in the next 12 months, please drop this researcher a line and help her out.

-Shanna

Engaged volunteers needed!

I am looking for volunteers for a study of attitudes towards marriage and parenthood among engaged couples. The study consists of a 25-30 minute online survey. To qualify for the study, you must be 20-35 years old, live in the U.S., and plan to marry or have a commitment ceremony within the next 365 days. You and your romantic partner must not have children, and this must be the first marriage for both of you.

You can:

-Help a doctoral candidate;

-Increase the pool of scientific knowledge;

-Support research on marriage and families; and

-Spend some time thinking about your relationship!

I am working with Dr. Charlotte J. Patterson, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. This study has been approved by the University of Virginia Institutional Review Board #2009025800.

If you and/or your romantic partner are interested in participating or want further information, please email me at survey.couples@gmail.com. I will send you a link that you can use to access the study.

Thanks!

Cristina Reitz-Krueger

Doctoral Student

University of Virginia

(434) 243-8558

survey.couples@gmail.com

Oct 242010
 

This is not my study, I’m just happy to pass it along for anyone who feels it applies to them, and would like to participate. Feel free to repost!

-Shanna

I am currently looking for participants to be interviewed for my research study on Transmen who are parents and what methods they chose to use to become parents. It doesn’t matter when your child was born (before or after transition) or if you’re the biological parent; this is a study on transmen who are parents in general. This study will be confidential so none of your or your families information will be given out at any time for any reason. There has been very little research conducted on this topic so it is a very important area to learn and understand. This is a test trial for a sociological research class at the University of New Mexico. If the test trial goes well though I plan to fine tune it to use it as my dissertation.

Thank you,
Seth Kazmar

Youth Coordinator
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
505.922.5162
Jun 082010
 

Who’d have thunk?

According to this recent study done by Dr. Nanette Gartrell and published in the Journal Of Pediatrics purports that children of lesbian parents are better behaved.

Now, one would think that they’d be fairly on par with straight parents, or single parents, but according to this research, using Child Behavior Checklist, and going on for 25 years, the children of lesbian parents were better adapted, and behaved better than those of other oriented parents.

I wonder what this study would look like in another 25 years?  I mean, 25 years ago, how many lesbians were parenting, and how “unusual” was it for kids to grow up with two moms (or two dads)? As someone who is in her mid 20s, I remember that my private elementary/middle school was one of the few in my area that welcomed LGBTQ families.  I wonder if lesbian parents were over-trying on their kids, encouraging model behavior even more, because of the immense scrutiny on them. Perhaps the study, redone with today’s parents, would show all kids to be more in the middle of the behvior. Or maybe there really is something to be said for lesbian parenting — who knows?

I can say that our cats, growing up with queer parents, are pretty much in the middle; sometimes, they’re little angels, and sometimes, the destroyers of cities (well, not that bad).

Thoughts?

-Shanna

Feb 232010
 

I just heard from Audacia Ray about a project she’s doing with two other researchers about finding out what type of information is available when you search the internet in public libraries.  I think this is a really important bit of research, as many people’s only internet access comes from public libraries. Everyone should be able to find information on health issues, gender identity, and more. I ask that if you have a free second, you go to your library and participate in this project.  All you have to do is show up and go to www.infoandthelibrary.org.

Here’s what Audacia had to say:

We’re in need of people all over the United States who are willing to go to their local public library, do a few quick searches on some keywords and URLs we’ve identified as potentially blocked, and report whether or not they were able to access the information. The searches and completion of the survey take less than five minutes.

As you might know, in the US we are constitutionally granted freedom of information, but private corporations have no obligation to uphold this. So, companies that design web filtering software each come up with their own definition of what they consider “harmful content.” When public libraries use this software, they limit access to sexuality and health information – searches on words like “anal,” “transsexual,” and “abortion” may be blocked. More details and the survey to fill out is here:  http://www.infoandthelibrary.org/

Jan 232010
 

This is not my research project, but I think it’s very important that they find participants. If interested, contact email is at the bottom of the page.

-Shanna

Engaged volunteers needed!

I am looking for volunteers for a study of attitudes towards marriage and parenthood among engaged couples.  The study consists of a 25-30 minute online survey. To qualify for the study, you must be 20-35 years old, live in the U.S., and plan to marry or have a commitment ceremony within the next 365 days. You and your romantic partner must not have children, and this must be the first marriage for both of you.

You can:

-Help a doctoral candidate;
-Increase the pool of scientific knowledge;
-Support research on marriage and families; and
-Spend some time thinking about your relationship!

I am working with Dr. Charlotte J. Patterson, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia.  This study has been approved by the University of Virginia Institutional Review Board #2009025800.

If you and/or your romantic partner are interested in participating or want further information, please email me at survey.couples@gmail.com.  I will send you a link that you can use to access the study.

Thanks!

Cristina Reitz-Krueger
Doctoral Student
University of Virginia
(434) 243-8558
survey.couples@gmail.com