Polyamory.com Forum  

Go Back   Polyamory.com Forum > Polyamory > Press and media coverage

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11  
Old 01-24-2013, 02:47 PM
opalescent opalescent is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: US
Posts: 1,345
Default

CR,

Thank you for the explanation on why the study excludes currently single people. I realize you have to balance tl;dr with enough information to get folks to participate. Good luck on the research!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01-25-2013, 12:18 AM
couplesresearch couplesresearch is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 6
Default

Thanks all very much for all the participation and feedback - it's really awesome there are so many responses to the survey and so much feedback already! It's pretty much surpassing my hopes for a small study without any rewards.
I talked with my personal statistics guru and my advisor about the feedback we've gotten both on forums and in the survey, and we figured out some ways we will be able to make our next study more inclusive. We will be able to collect and analyse data about multiple significant others, which seems, with good and obvious reason, to be the biggest concern. I'm really excited about that on both an ethical front and a good research front. Having the feedback about how much we were missing was really crucial in making that change, so thanks again for taking the time to provide it!
We will have to keep our next study in the current relationship area to keep it really couples research relevant, but I am going to pass the idea of "non-monogamous for all relationships", "non-monogamous for most relationships", "non-monogamous for some relationships", "non-monogamous for a few relationships" and "monogamous for all relationships" on to other researchers who are not purely couples-focused.

The questionnaire about which you and others are expressing frustration really is a limitation, and the consent issue was something I was pretty sure would pop up, since it's, well, a really obvious issue. Whenever I participate in research, I always end up arguing with the surveys in my head about how I don't like the questions or how the answer would depend on the circumstances. The questionnaires that we use as the measurement tools in psychology research are so limited by the process we have to use to put them together to work as tools. Even worse, most of the questionnaires go through their development process with mostly white, heterosexual, probably monogamous, middle-class college students, because those are the people researchers can access with limited resources, so they are based on a very narrow viewpoint. And yet, we have to use the scientific measures that have gone through the testing process to confirm that they are valid, so we know we're using a (reasonably) accurate tool of measurement, and can get the research out into the world to be seen. The worst part is that we actually tweaked it to make it more poly- relevant and less heteronormative, but we were limited on how much more we could change it before we ruined its scientific validity.

Quote:
Originally Posted by opalescent View Post
CR,
Good luck on the research!
Thank you!

Last edited by couplesresearch; 01-25-2013 at 12:35 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 09-02-2013, 08:07 PM
couplesresearch couplesresearch is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 6
Default

I wanted to stop by and let you know that my proposal to do a poster presentation on this study at a international conference was accepted. While we are still collecting data, and I do not as yet have final results to present to you; this study is not going to die unseen and the time and effort you put into participating will contribute to increased visibility of polyamory in the scientific community. A poster presentation is a very small fish in a big conference pond, but hopefully bodes well for eventual publication in a scientific journal. Thank you for all your participation and input and for allowing me to recruit in your community!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:56 AM.