Currently Seeking Participants!
Some people process past trauma through BDSM and/or kink play. Scholars estimate that this is the case for about 18% of the BDSM / kink community.
Sex-positive, kink-aware researchers at New Mexico State University want to hear your story.
What’s the Purpose?
The primary aim of the present project is to create a thematic model of how survivors of childhood abuse heal from, cope with, and transform their trauma through kink and/or bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism (BDSM).
Additionally, it attempts to reduce the stigmatizing language of pathology around non-traditional sexual practices.
What Should I Expect?
As a participant, you can expect a single interview via Skype, Zoom, or by phone.
After answering some demographic questions, we will ask you about your perception of, interest in, and involvement with kink and/or BDSM (e.g., “How do you define your sexual practices?”).
We will ask you to reflect on your experiences with kink and/or BDSM as it relates to your memories of childhood abuse (e.g., “What makes kink play a safe space to explore or heal from past abuse?”).
You will have the chance to select a pseudonym and any accidental information disclosed in the interview will be removed (e.g., if you disclose that your hometown is Denver, we will write “a large urban city”).
Your responses will be recorded and transcribed.
You can access the informed consent by clicking the PDF link at the top of the page.
Signs You Might Need a Therapist
Review these signs to determine if seeing a therapist might be beneficial. Feel free to email a member of the research team with any questions.
- The issue causes excessive embarrassment or makes you want to avoid others
- The issue has caused your quality of life to decrease
- The issue has negatively affected school, work, or relationships
- The issue causes emotions that are difficult to tolerate, causing you to feel overwhelmed by the emotion.