EMERGING ADULTS & EMERGING SEXUALITIES is a PhD research project led by Marc Svensson in the Social Research Institute at University College London (UCL). It started in 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in December 2024. It consists of 3 consecutive studies.
The research project sets out to explore identity, health, stress and resilience of plurisexual, i.e. pansexual, queer and bisexual emerging adults in the UK. The first study was completed in summer 2019.
The second study consisted of in-depth semi-structured interviews that explore the lived experiences of 26 plurisexual emerging adults and was completed in
The third and final study was an online nationwide survey that explored the findings relating to identity, health, stress and resilience from study 1 and study 2 across the UK population, regardless of gender, sexuality, age or background.
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Study 1: Secondary Data Analysis
The study was completed in August 2019 and focused on pansexual and queer identifying people that had taken part in a US based research study called the Generations Study. The findings are currently being written up for publication. For information about the Generations Study, please click below.
Study 2: 26 In-depth Interviews
The study consists of in-depth semi-structured interviews to explore the lived experiences of 26 plurisexual identifying emerging adults (age 18-29) in the UK. It was completed in March 2020, just before the pandemic hit the UK and stopped any further field work from taking place.
Study 3: Online Questionnaire
This study closed in summer 2021 and was completed by more than 3,000 participants of all ages, genders, sexualities and backgrounds, as long as they were over 18 years of age and resided in the UK at the time.