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Welcome! This survey is the beginning of an ongoing research effort to gain information about the community of individuals who engage in consensual, nonexclusive intimate relationships, or who are philosophically open to doing so, regardless of their current relationship configuration. We undertake this effort in order to better understand this community, its beliefs, practices, and desires, as well as its position within the larger mosaic of humanity.



With knowledge comes the ability to better serve this community, to better represent its interests in the public discourse, and to foster understanding, acceptance and nondiscrimination in the broader sphere. We deeply appreciate your willingness to share your information in furtherance of this important pursuit. Please be assured that all responses are confidential. No individually identifying information is collected.



In most cases, the wording of the questions and possible answers is taken directly from the original source. We do this because it affords us the ability to examine the results in comparison to a nationally representative sample. However, this forces us to use rhetoric or terminology some may take issue with. After much thought and discussion, we believe the tradeoff is worth it, and ask that you please put aside any indignation you may feel over the rhetoric and do your best to respond as accurately as you can within the limitations imposed on us. If you do not fit neatly into the categories listed, please just make your best guess, and explain any problematic feedback in the "explanation box" at the end of each section. With this we will know whether to delete your data on that question, or else modify the question in the future.



This is the first segment of what we plan to be a much larger ongoing effort. For the sake of brevity, we have omitted much that we would like to know, and likely much of what might be interesting to the community.



Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw at any point without prejudice or negative consequences. If you choose to withdraw from the study, the information you have provided will be immediately destroyed. To withdraw from the study, you may simply close your browser window at any point before completing the survey. No further action is required in order to withdraw. Please be assured that all responses are confidential. No individually identifying information is collected. Please be aware that certain questions are of a very personal nature and could potentially bring minor discomfort. If for any reason you experience discomfort we recommend contacting someone toll-free with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).



If you have questions about this study, please contact Nicole Atkins or Bjarne Holmes at the following e-mail address: You may also contact Miss Atkins directly at: or Dr. Holmes at, (802) 865-5765.



If you would like to stay connected with the progress of the study, like our facebook page at:



Expect this survey to take around 35 to 60 minutes to complete. Please be sure to take it in one sitting while you are undisturbed and can privately answer the questions. We deeply appreciate your participation in this educational endeavor, thank you.



This study is being brought to you by the following people:


Nicole M. Atkins, B.S. (Portland State University) -

Bjarne M. Holmes, Ph.D. (Champlain College) -

Justin J. Lehmiller, Ph.D. (Harvard University) -

Jennifer J. Harman, Ph.D. (Colorado State University) -




If you have questions about your rights in this study, please contact:


Michael Lange, Ph.D.,

Chair, Institutional Review Board for Champlain College

163 South Willard Street

Champlain College, P.O. Box 670

Burlington, VT 05402

Telephone:  (802) 865-5493






By clicking on the “I agree” button, you are providing an online signature for your consent to participate in the study and indicating that you at least 18 years of age.

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