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EP46: The Findings Of A Study About Children Growing Up In Polyamorous Families

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Episode Summary

Meet Dr. Elisabeth (Eli) Sheff, a researcher, expert witness, coach, speaker, and educational consultant. With a Ph.D. in sociology and certification as a sexuality educator, Dr. Eli specializes in gender and sexual minority families, consensual non-monogamy, and kink/BDSM.  Today she shares her findings of a 20+ year polyamorous family study she is involved in which is the only longitudinal study of poly families with children to date. If you are curious about the effects on children living in polyamorous families, the legalities of multi-parent situations, and the overall family dynamic, then you don’t want to miss this episode. 

Today’s Guest

Dr Elisabeth Sheff

Currently lecturing at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Sheff has also taught at the University of Colorado, University of Montana, Georgia State University, Oglethorpe, Emory, and the University of Zurich. In addition to her plethora of teaching and studies, Dr. Sheff also co-chairs the Consensual Non-Monogamy Legal Issues Team for the American Psychological Association.

You’ll Learn

🖤 About Dr. Eli Sheff’s journey and how she accidentally got into this line of work.

🖤 About what polyamory is and how it’s possible to manage deep-emotional connections with more than one person

🖤 How children (of varying ages) experience life in a polyamorous family upbringing

🖤 Dr. Eli’s most important findings of her 20+ years of studying polyamorous families

🖤 About the legality of parenthood within a polyamorous family

🖤 What the Bonding Project is


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