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Research Inclusion

Historically, research in the social sciences, business, politics, culture, and just about every other field has largely excluded or ignored LGBTQIA individuals, or has assumed heterosexuality/congruent gender & identity. In addition, when queer people have been included, studies have often treated them as though they were novelties, abnormal, in need of 'repair', or otherwise less than full human beings. Given this historically poor relationship between the LGBTQIA community and the scientific research establishment, many queer people have been understandably wary of participating in research studies. The effect of this, however, may have paradoxically led to less inclusion of queer people in mainstream research, less representation, and therefore, findings that are skewed toward the heteronormative.

These days, more researchers recognize the value of inclusion of LGBTQIA individuals in adding to the validity of their research. There are also LGBTQIA individuals conducting research themselves. Some research is specifically focused on the community in order to better understand and improve the life experiences of LGBTQIA individuals (e.g., studying the experiences of bisexual men in counseling to better address and meet their needs). Included here are opportunities to take part in research studies that either recognize the importance of inclusion and representation, or are specifically focused on understanding and meeting the needs of LGBTQIA individuals. Current studies seeking LGBTQIA representation are listed for your consideration.

 

Current Studies

 

Life experiences and well-being of lesbian and bisexual women of color:

My name is Candice Presseau and I am a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Lehigh University. My research team is currently collecting data for a study investigating the life experiences and well-being of lesbian and bisexual women of color, a group that has been severely underrepresented in the psychological literature to date. It is our hope that with this study, we can contribute to the understanding of the experiences of individuals with multiple and intersecting minority identities.

In order to participate, you must identify as lesbian or bisexual, as a woman of color (i.e., racial/ethnic minority woman), currently live in North America, and be 18 years of age or older. This research has been approved by the Lehigh University Institutional Review Board (IRB# 10/211 R). If you would like to participate in our study, please click on the link below and you will be directed to the online survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LBWOC.

Thank you VERY much in advance for your time! Please feel free to pass on this link to other people who might be eligible. If you have any question about this study, please feel free to contact me at cdp309@lehigh.edu or you can contact the principal investigator of the study, Dr. Cirleen DeBlaere, at deblaere@lehigh.edu.

Sincerely,
Candice Presseau, M.A.

 

Study on the life experiences and well-being of lesbian and bisexual women of color : Hello! My name is Cirleen DeBlaere, and I am an assistant professor in the College of Education at Lehigh University.  My research team and I are conducting a study on the life experiences and well-being of lesbian and bisexual women of color. It is our hope that with this study, we can contribute to the understanding of the experiences of individuals with multiple and intersecting minority identities.  Your participation is essential to achieving this goal, so we hope that you will take part in our study.
In order to participate, you must identify as lesbian or bisexual, as a woman of color, currently live in North America, and be 18 years of age or older.  If you would like to participate in my study, please click on the link below and you will be directed to the online survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LBWOC
Thank you VERY much in advance for your time!  Please feel free to pass on this link to other people who might be eligible.
If you have any question about this study, please feel free to contact me at deblaere@lehigh.edu. This research has been approved by the Lehigh University Institutional Review Board (IRB# 10/211 R).
Sincerely,
Cirleen DeBlaere, Ph.D.

Gay/Bisexual Dad Study : Are you a gay/bisexual dad? Would you be willing to answer some confidential questions about your life and about your family? The purpose of this study is to examine the many ways families headed by gay fathers have been created, explore how families function, and learn about the relationship between partners. The study consists of an online survey and will take approximately 25- 35 minutes of your time. To qualify for the study you have to identify as male, a father, and gay, bisexual or homosexual and have at least one child of any age; this child can be biological, adopted, foster, step, or other child. You do not need to be the child's legal parent to participate. If you and/or your partner are interested in participating or want further information please contact Samantha L. Tornello (Principal Investigator) via email GayDadsStudy@gmail.com. She will send you a web link that you can use to access the study.

Sexual Minority Undergraduates Survey: The purpose of my research project is to learn more about the mental health and life experiences of sexual minority (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, non-heterosexual, and people who have sex with others of the same sex) undergraduate college and university students in the United States. You must be 18 years of age and under 25 years of age in order to participate. Your participation will help researchers like me to understand how particular stress factors affect the mental health of sexual minority undergraduate students. We estimate that the survey will take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete. Participation is anonymous and the survey service will not track your (IP) address. You may discontinue participation at any time without penalty.

Male and Female Victims of Dating Violence in Both Heterosexual and Same-Sex Relationships: A Quantitative analysis of Differences in Attachment Style and Help-Seeking Behavior Among a College Sample.
The purpose of this study is to examine differences in attachment style and help-seeking behavior among both male and female victims of dating violence in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships. The results of this study can encourage further research in the field of dating violence and promote social change in the way victims of dating violence, regardless of gender and sexual orientation are viewed and served today. Visit the site above and enter the password to access the survey. Password: Butterfly007

All Gender Health, University of Minnesota.
"We are currently recruiting participants for a project looking at trans people who have sex with nontrans men. Our long-term goal is to develop an online resource to improve sexual health for trans people and their partners." Please contact Alex Iantaffi with any questions or concerns.

Lifting Voices, a survey for and about Families of Color.
Project Harmony is a voice for families of color within and outside of Family Equality Council. As such our mission as a program includes actively raising issues relevant to our combined oppressions, leading us to challenge ourselves and the overall LGBTQ movement on our assumptions and actions. As part of this project we have been conducting a participatory research initiative to produce a report on the conditions of LGBTQ-headed Families of Color to guide program creation and capacity building for the Family Equality movement and organizations. Find more on the Project Harmony here.

Survey of Mental Health Professionals: Bisexual Counseling Competency I am conducting a study on counseling competence with bisexual clients. The purpose of this project is to gain an understanding of the variables that predict competency for working with bisexual clients. I am seeking professional clinicians working with clients in a mental health setting to complete a brief on-line survey. Clinicians may be counselors, counseling psychologists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, or family therapists. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle for 1 of 2 $25 gift cards. The survey will take approximately 20 – 25 minutes to complete. If you have questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact me, Lindsey Brooks at (410) 963-3449/ lmb9@lehigh.edu or my research advisor, Dr. Arpana G. Inman at (610) 758-4443 / agi2@lehigh.edu

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