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Nearing, Ryam. Polyamory Demography -- the “Loving More Magazine” Study (2000)

“In 2000, Ryam Nearing, owner of Loving More Magazine, commissioned a survey of about 1000 polyamorists. The data from this study were unavailable for several years. This information is now part of the Kenneth R. Haslam M.D. Polyamory Collection and is available from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Surveys were sent out asking 52 questions on polyamory relationships and sexual health, asking in part about gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, household makeup, marital history, discrimination and violence, children in polyamory relationships, discovery of polyamory, religion and spirituality, education, "outness," income, employment, marital status, geographic location, jealousy, and especially interesting, comments on polyamory from all of the participants.

Partial and preliminary analyses of the data have been published in Loving More Magazine: Pallotta-Chiarolli (2002) "Polyparents" #31 pp. 8-13 Fall 2002; Weber (2002) "Survey Results - Who Are We?" #30 Summer 2002 pp. 4-6.

Since polyamory demographics are almost nonexistant, and as the polyamory community grows and enters the mainstream, the investigators wish this study to be made available to the academic and legal communities for scholarly analysis and presentation in peer reviewed journals” (Nearing and Haslam, 2007).

Polyamory Study Documentation (1.5 MB)

Marginals (1 MB)

Qualified scholars and researchers may obtain the “Loving More” data-set itself in SPSS portable-format. For more information, terms, and conditions, please contact Thomas G. Albright, the Computer Analyst at The Kinsey Institute at albrigh@indiana.edu ..

 


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