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What Psychology Professionals Should Know About Polyamory

The Lifestyles and Mental Health Concerns of Polyamorous Individuals

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Updated April 19, 2010

Future Research and Conclusions

The next step in this field of research is to provide mental health practitioners with a more thorough picture of polyamorous individuals' lives and needs. As most of the extant body of research on the polyamorous community was conducted 15-25 years ago, it is important to gather information that reflects the community as it is today. This might be facilitated by a qualitative study in which polyamorous individuals are interviewed in-depth, so that they may convey to therapists in their own words what their lifestyles and needs are today.

Interview topics might include: the language that polyamorous individuals use to describe their relationships; the structure of their relationships; and the ways in which they relate to the hegemonic monogamous culture. It will also be important to ask what issues they might seek therapy to address, such as: what attributes are preferred in a therapist; what their therapy experiences have been like; and what they think therapists should know about polyamory.

It is hoped that this paper has provided some broader insight into the lifestyles and mental health concerns of polyamorous individuals. Clearly, the field of polyamory research is a fertile one in which there is much opportunity - and much need - for continued research and awareness.

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