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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How's your love life?

The following notice was posted on the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's family services webpage.  It's a Bay Area-based study of gay male parents of new babies, and what effect aforementioned babies have on their sex lives.  I'm guessing... not a positive one?

Participation from Male Same-Sex Parents Requested for Research Study

My name is Felix and I am a Ph.D. student of Sexology at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) in San Francisco. I am currently working on my dissertation and conducting a qualitative research study on male same-sex couples who have had their first adoptive or biological child and are within their first year as new parents. The purpose of the study is to explore any changes in sexual patterns or behavior that male same-sex parents may have experienced during their first year of parenthood and determine what sexual factors, if any, may have come into play in their relationship as well as in their parenting experience. 

I am looking for nine male same-sex couples who would be willing to participate in a single's and couple's in-depth interview, as well as in a one-time focus group to openly discuss the potential changes they may have experienced in their sexuality as new parents. The total time commitment would be approximately 4 hours.

The participants will have to meet five criteria for inclusion in the sample:
1. Must be first-time parents 
2. Must be the parents of only one child
3. Child must be 18 months old or younger
4. Must have a minimum of six months of parenting experience
5. Couples must have been in a relationship for a minimum of two years prior to becoming parents

Interested or inquisitive gay parents may contact me by phone at 415-531-4969 or send e-mail to me at chakool666@gmail.com. You may also contact the Dean of Students, Dr. Thomas E. Gertz, at 415-928-1133 ext. 33 for any other questions.

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