Open Relationships Project

Are you interested in opening up your romantic relationship?

Researchers at the University of Utah are interested in people’s experiences with “opening up” their relationships. How do relationships change when they transition from being monogamous to consensually non-monogamous (e.g., swinging, polyamory)?

You are eligible for this study if:

  • You are currently in a monogamous romantic relationship, and
  • You and your partner are currently thinking about negotiating an open relationship (of any kind).

The study involves answering questions about yourself, your relationship, and your perspectives on non-monogamy. You will also be emailed in two months and asked whether you and your partner did in fact choose to open up your relationship, and if so, what your experiences have been like.

Please note: Although our survey is completely confidential, this is a rather sensitive topic, and not everyone feels comfortable discussing it for research purposes. If you would rather not answer questions about your romantic relationship, please do not participate in this study.

The study will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. In exchange for participating, you will be entered in a draw for a $100 gift card to If you also answer our follow-up email in two months, you will be entered in a second draw for one of three $100 gift cards to

If you would like to participate, please click on this link:

Thank you for supporting our research!

The information posted on this site is consistent with the research reviewed and approved by the University of Utah Institutional Review Board (IRB). However, the IRB has not reviewed all material posted on this site. Contact the IRB if you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant. Also contact the IRB if you have questions, complaint, or concerns which you do not feel you can discuss with the investigator. The University of Utah IRB may be reached by phone at (801) 581-3655 or by e-mail at