Position:Chapter 6 - On monogamous practices

The self-report questionnaire on monogamous practices was developed with the assistance of the members of the Forum editorial staff and a number of Forum consultants. During its development the questionnaire was given to a number of volunteer subjects, and it was examined for clarity of expression and detail. It was revised twice, with the invaluable assistance of Dr. Wardell Pomeroy in preparing the final version.

A copy of the questionnaire in its published form is attached. Along with an article on monogamy, the questionnaire appeared in the May, 1977 issue of Forum magazine with the request that it be filled in and returned. The responses were thus confidential and voluntary ones from Forum subscribers, newsstand purchasers and others who may have read that particular issue of the magazine. As the article on monogamy included a favorable discussion of extra-monogamous sex, it should be noted that more individuals engaging in non-monogamous practices may have been induced to respond than would have if the article had been neutral or unfavorable.

The questionnaire was designed to be short and clear in order to obtain the maximum number of responses. Moreover, it was attempted simultaneously to include in it a number of variables previously found to be important in defining the monogamous practices of different groups in society.

These variables are age, education completed, occupation, marital status, and religion. Under this latter category were included questions on nominal religion and on actual religious practice as evidenced by frequency of attendance at religious services. This second question was designed to measure depth of religion, which has in the past been found to be a definitive variable. (Kinsey et al., 1948, 1953; Athanasiou, 1970, Bell, 1974)

In addition to the quick-response questions on the data mentioned above, respondents were queried on both their current and previous monogamous beliefs and practices. To minimize confusion on the part of questionnaire readers, monogamy was defined as "an exclusive sexual relationship between partners." Respondents were then invited to answer yes/no questions on their attitudes and behavior, and in addition, to provide explanations for their practices in their own words. By this method of providing space for longer free replies, it was hoped to elicit the kind of individually revealing responses that characterize interview and case history research. This was seen to be a vital...

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