Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Sexual Well-Being




We are a lesbian/bisexual-affirmative research team conducting a study of sexual-minority (i.e., non-heterosexual) women's sexual well-being. Sexuality is an important part of relationships and overall well-being. However, there has been very little research that has looked at the sexual experiences of lesbian, bisexual, and other sexual-minority women. In particular, researchers have not examined how some of the stresses that are unique to lesbian/bisexual women � stresses associated with homophobia, heterosexism, and sexism � affect their sexual well-being; nor have they looked at how lesbian/bisexual women cope with these stresses.
Yet it is important that sexual-minority women have access to accurate and lesbian/bisexual-affirmative information about the sexual well-being of the women in their communities.




To participate in this study, you must be a woman who is at least 18 years of age and currently in a same-sex relationship of at least 3 month's duration. This survey includes questions about your attitudes, your sexual relationship, and your feelings about being a lesbian/bisexual woman. It also includes questions about negative experiences you may have had as a lesbian/bisexual woman and unwanted sexual experiences you may have had. Your participation is entirely voluntary. You may choose not to answer any question you do not want to answer. You may also leave the survey at any time. All the information obtained in connection with this study will be anonymous.




The survey will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. However, it does not need to be completed at one time. You will periodically be given the opportunity to save your responses and exit the survey. If you choose this option, you will be reminded of your ID number, which will allow you to return to the survey where you left off at a later time. Once you have completed the survey, you will be directed to a separate link where you will have the opportunity to enter a lottery for one of three $100 (CDN) cash prizes. You will also have the opportunity to request an e-mail summary of the results. The link for the lottery and request for results is separate from your survey so that we can guarantee your responses will be anonymous.




This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board (REB # 2005-148) at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB, Canada. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jacquie Cohen (Principal Investigator) at jacqueline.cohen@unb.ca, Dr. Sandra Byers (Supervisor) at byers@unb.ca, or Dr. Daniel Voyer (Chair of the Ethical Review Committee, Department of Psychology, UNB) at voyer@unb.ca.





Thank you in advance for your participation!!!






I have read the above statements and agree to participate in this research.




I have read the above statements and do not agree to participate in this research.