Study on BDSM and self-harm needs participants

Dear Fellow Pervs, Perv Allies, and Other Colleagues,

My research team and I are looking for participants for our research study.
Please read what it is about, and if you have any clients that fit the
bill, please provide them with the link below. Thanks!

For many clinicians in the mental health field, those who engage in intense
sensation play of BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission,
sadism and masochism) are often co-mingled and conflated with behaviors of
those who engage in self-harming behavior. As a result, individuals who
belong to the BDSM subculture are often pathologized and misunderstood in
clinical settings, and so may find themselves without adequate
psychological care.

In order to address this issue, we are conducting a study comparing the
experiences and behaviors of those who engage/have engaged in intense
sensation play in the context of kink/BDSM and those who engage
non-suicidal self-injury. Please feel free to distribute the link to our survey below.

Thank you in advance for your help!

*Click here* <https://uwstout.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5q1GgTf9bUHeGy1>* to
take this survey!*

*If the above hyperlink does not work, copy and paste the following URL
into your browser: *https://uwstout.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5q1GgTf9bUHeGy1

*Detailed Description of Survey*

*TITLE*: Differences between BDSM Participants and Individuals who Engage
in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

*PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR*: Michael Aaron, Ph.D.

*CO-PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATORS*: Dulcinea Pitagora & Markie L. C. Twist
(Blumer), Ph.D.

*IRB ADMINISTRATOR:* Elizabeth Buchanan, University of Wisconsin-Stout

*PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND *

The purpose of this research study is to understand the similarities and
differences between the motivations, relational experiences, childhood
histories, and characteristics of individuals who engage in intense BDSM
sensation play and those who do or have engaged in non-suicidal self-injury
behavior. Specifically the research study aims to understand the reasons
and motivations behind these behaviors as well as the personality
characteristics of those who engage in these behaviors. You are being asked
to participate in this study because you identify as a BDSM participant who
enjoys receiving intense sensation play or you have had a history of
engaging in non-suicidal self-injury behavior or you engage in both kinds
of activities.

*PROCEDURES*

You will be asked to complete an online survey housed on Qualtrics. Your
participation is voluntary and your information shared will be kept
confidential. Please answer the questions as openly and honestly as
possible. The survey will take 30-35 minutes to complete. If you close your
browser, you will lose any responses you previously entered. You must be 18
years of age or older to participate. Please note that you can choose to
withdraw from participating at any time.


Michael Aaron, PhD, LCSW, CST
Licensed Psychotherapist, Sexologist, and Certified Sex Therapist
25 W. 45th St., Suite 401, New York, NY 10036
646 580-8640
www.drmichaelaaronnyc.com
drmaaron@gmail.com

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