Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Yarhouse Study of Mixed-Orientation Marriages

Regent University professor Mark Yarhouse, co-author of the recent Intervarsity book Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation, is apparently conducting a study of mixed-orientation marriages.

Yarhouse's prior work with participants of ex-gay ministries was quite controversial, perhaps chiefly due to the unusally restricted sample population used for his book. In that study, Exodus exclusively supplied all participants for the study. In this study, however, Yarhouse is soliciting participation from anyone who will complete an online survey.

My hope is that, if the response to this study's call for participants is sufficiently broad and sufficiently diverse, the study may return more representative (and hence more useful) results.

If you presently are or have ever been married to a person with an orientation different from your own, I encourage you to participate in this study. Participation is anonymous and involves completing an online survey (see the study website for more information).

Here's hoping for a large, representative turnout and a healthy peer review of the study's results.

Hat tip: my friend DJ Free

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