Call For Research Participants

Jim Burroway

April 26th, 2009

Scott Boscoe-Huffman, a Doctoral Candidate at the University of the Rockies at Colorado Springs, is conducting research on “the impact of present day religious teachings on the support and maintenance of same-sex couples.” He writes:

Anyone who is in a committed same-sex relationship is invited to participate in this research study. They only need to be committed not married. Every participant\’s identity will be treated as confidential. It only takes ten minutes to complete this survey. It is online and fully encrypted for privacy.

You can take the survey here.


April 26th, 2009

I just took it. It was short which was nice but many of the questions wern’t clear and I didn’t think they were well thought out. For example it asks about “my religion” The answer to those questions vary depending of if its talking about my view of the bible or my church or christianity as a whole…


April 26th, 2009

I took it – I agree with Pomo, some questions were kind of vague but I answered as best as possible. It didn’t ask for the religion of my partner which suprised me, only mine.


April 26th, 2009

I was stumped – when I got to the question asking about my religion it didn’t give me the option to say no religion. From there on, all the questions pertaining to the effect of my religion on my relationship made no sense.

David C.

April 26th, 2009

Yes, I think this study’s design, or at least this survey, is a little flawed. I had the same problem with the religion questions. Survey design is not for amateurs and requires experience to get right if meaningful information is to be gained.


April 27th, 2009

The study is highly flawed. It’s impossible to answer any of the later questions because they take for granted that you have a religion.

This is supposed to be for a doctorate?

David C.

April 27th, 2009

I think we should differentiate between “the study” and “the survey”.

I’m not a social scientist, I don’t even play one on TV, so I’m not qualified to nor do I have knowledge of the study methodology itself. I can say that the survey appears to be ambiguous and it’s design does not appear to take into consideration the respondent not having a religion. There is (or at least was when I took the survey) also a reference to a “Question 11” in an item about ethnicity/cultural background, but as I recall the questions weren’t numbered.

Were I to offer an explicit recommendation, it would be to fix the reference to the question number, and explicitly cover non-identification with particular religious categories. One might offer the choice “spiritual but not religious” or “not affiliated with an organized religion”. Then design the rest of the survey to either exclude participants that did not fit the target groups of the study itself, or group and control for their responses separately.


April 27th, 2009

I agree with everone that noted the missing, “I have no religion”, option and follow up questions. This was very poorly constructed…or…the author only cares about collecting data that restrictivly supports their personal position. Not scientific nor unbiased


April 27th, 2009

I was able to sort of use the [What religion are you practicing now?] question to indicate my preference. There was no “Other” as a valid choice. So, I just left it blank.

Then under this question there is a space to fill in called “Other (please specify)” This is where I filled in my choice as an “atheist”.

Keeping “atheist” as my religion, I then answered the questions appropriately, from an “atheist” perspective and how “atheism” views same-sex relationships, etc.


April 28th, 2009

I wish the survey was a lot more in-depth. I don’t know what kinds of conclusions can be drawn from those kinds of questions. It would have been nice to have more demographic questions to draw more linkages to the impact of religion on relationships. Maybe its just a pilot, because I’m sure a ethnography would have more room for detailed inquiry and open ended questions for unique experiences.

scott boscoe-huffman

April 28th, 2009

As the survey author, I greatly appreciate the feedback. David is correct in identifying that the survey is a part of the study. This particular quantitative survey examines the impact of religion for those who still consider themselves to be involved in organized religion in some way (even minimally).
The scope and design of the survey would be inappropriate for atheists and those with no involvement in religion. This will be addressed in the limitations section of the survey findings. I am collecting qualitative statements of the impact of religious teachings on this latter population to include in the study. If anyone would like to be included in this qualitative portion, you can e-mail a statement about your opinion of what affect (positive or negative) religion has had on your same-sex relationship as an atheists or someone who has completely separated themselves from organized religion. Thank you all for your opinions. Every bit of data and feedback helps me to hone the quality of information gathered.
Please write to


April 28th, 2009

“This particular quantitative survey examines the impact of religion for those who still consider themselves to be involved in organized religion in some way (even minimally).”

Where is this made clear? The survey page says: “The purpose of this survey is to explore the impact of organized religion’s positions regarding same-sex relationships on the support and maintenance of same-sex relationships.” If you are looking only for people who are themselves involved in organized religion this should be made explicit.

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