Elizabeth Ruechel, a student at the University of Northern Colorado, seeks asexual participants for a new study. Ruechel sent survey details to Asexual News Thursday. She proposed studying how intimacy develops in asexual relationships.
The survey does not exclude aomantic asexuals, but Ruechel believes some survey questions may make them uncomfortable. Participants must be over the age of eighteen, but there are no other requirements. The survey can be found here.
Much of the existing research about asexuality focuses on the orientation or the frequency of asexuality in the general population. Mark Carrigan and Lori Brotto each published papers suggesting that researchers needed to spend more time looking into this romantic relationships between asexuals. Carrigan, a sociologist from Oxford University, started the asexuality studies website. Brotto is a psychologist who works at the University of British Columbia's Sexual Health Lab.
The survey focuses on four areas. It explores how intimacy occurs in nonsexual relationships, how partners in sexual -asexual relationships navigate intimacy, how intimacy differs between genders, and how these areas interact.