This consent form will give you the information you will need to understand why this research study is being done and why you are being invited to participate. It will also describe what you will need to do to participate as well as any known risks, inconveniences or discomforts that you may have while participating. We encourage you to ask questions at any time or stop completing the survey at any time. If you decide to participate, clicking the “I Agree” button on this screen will serve as your electronic signature. You may request a paper copy of this form by contacting the Principal Investigator.
Purpose and background
This study will look at sexual communication between GLBTQ-identified intimate partners, looking specifically at sexual communication within GLBTQ relationships. The two goals for the study are to 1) further existing research on sexual communication by using non-heterosexual relationships, and 2) to provide a more complete understanding of this communication behavior in an inclusive way surrounding interpersonal communication research.
To qualify for this study, participants need to meet the following criteria:
1. Be between the ages of 19 and 30
2. Self-identify as GLBTQ+
3. Be in some type of intimate partnership for at least 3 but no more than 36 months. Intimate partnerships may include any type of on-going relationship (E.g., romantic and/or sexual) with at least one consistent partner. Individuals who identify as asexual or demisexual and heteroromantic, individuals who are unsure of their sexual identity, identify as pan- or polysexual, people who are polyamorous, and individuals who fall under the trans* umbrella and identify as straight are invited to participate as well as people who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
This is a one-time survey. It should take no more than 30-minutes to complete, although your time may vary.
The survey is divided into four parts. Part one will ask non-personally identifying background information. This will not include your name or address, but it will ask you your age, assigned sex, gender identity, sexual and/or romantic orientation, and the region you live in among other demographic information. Additionally, this section will ask background questions about your relationship, including the type of relationship you have (E.g. monogamous, open, polyamorous, etc.), length of relationship, the gender of your partner(s), and how frequently you engage in certain sexual and affectionate behaviors.
Part two will ask you to consider how costly and/or rewarding you find certain aspects of your sexual relationship.
Part three will ask a series questions about sexual communication within your relationship. For these questions, you will be asked to choose your answer from a series of choices, as well as to write in several open-ended answers.
Part four will ask you to consider how satisfied you are with your overall relationship(s), sexual relationship(s), and communication about sexual topics within your relationship(s).