Surveying sexualities: Internet research with non-heterosexuals

Rosie Harding*, Elizabeth A. Peel

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this article we describe and evaluate the process of conducting online survey research about the legal recognition of same-sex relationships (key findings from which we have reported elsewhere, see Harding and Peel, 2006). Our aim in so doing is to contribute to the growing generic literature on internet-based research methods (Nosek et al., 2002; Rhodes et al., 2003; Stern, 2003; Strickland et al., 2003; Thomas et al., 2000) to the research methods literature within lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) psychologies (Fish, 2000; Morris and Rothblum, 1999; Meezan and Martin, 2003; Mustanski, 2001) and also to extend the germinal literature focusing on internet research with non-heterosexual groups (Elford et al., 2004; Ellis et al., 2003; Ross et al., 2000). We begin by discussing the process of developing the online survey tool, before outlining the experience of the survey ‘going live’ and providing details of who completed the survey. We conclude by exploring some of the positives and pitfalls of this type of research methodology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-285
Number of pages9
JournalFeminism and Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2007


  • online survey research
  • legal recognition
  • same-sex relationships
  • research methods literature
  • lesbian
  • gay
  • bisexual
  • trans
  • queer
  • psychology
  • non-heterosexual


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