Study Information

Thank you for your interest in contributing to our understanding of bisexual men’s experiences in opposite-sex romantic relationships! The purpose of this study is to gain insight into the way in which bisexual men understand their sexual identity within and outside the context of their romantic relationships as well as to explore the relevant factors in this process from the perspective of these men.
  
In order to participate, you must (a) self-identify as bisexual, (b) be between the ages of 25-40, (c) have a romantic history involving individuals of the same and other sex, (d) currently be involved in a monogamous other sex relationship with a heterosexually identified partner (minimum of 6 months), and (e) be English-speaking.

Participation in this study involves completing a brief demographic questionnaire and a one-on-one, phone interview with the primary researcher, which is estimated to be between 60 to 90 minutes in length. The interview will be audiotaped and transcribed by the primary researcher or another member of the research team. Following the interview, there will be additional communication by email to allow you to confirm and modify your responses and/or to ask you additional questions.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you may discontinue your participation at any time for any reason. The study was designed to minimize potential risks to you as well as offer you benefits. You may experience slight discomfort discussing your experiences as a bisexual man within and outside the context of romantic relationships. However, through your participation you will be given an opportunity to explore and process your personal experiences in this area. In the unlikely event of an adverse experience during this study, counseling referrals can be provided. Upon completion of the audio-recorded phone interview, participants will be compensated with a $10 Amazon gift card.

All reasonable measures will be taken to protect your confidentiality. This means that your identity will be kept private and secure such that no one besides the researcher will know your name. The recorded audio will be password-protected and stored on a secured, private laptop. The interviews will be transcribed and any identifying information in the audio recording or transcript will be removed or disguised. Quotations from the interview may be used in professional publications and/or presentations but will be done so anonymously. Access to the recordings, transcriptions, demographic questionnaires, and contact information will be limited to the research team and will be used for research purposes exclusively.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the study, or would like to learn the results of the study once completed, you may contact Kali Rowe (krowe@fordham.edu) or her dissertation mentor, Dr. Eric Chen, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at (echen@fordham.edu). For information about your rights as a research participant, contact Michele Kuchera, IRB Manager, Fordham University Institutional Review Board (IRB@Fordham.edu).

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