Intimacy in Marriage

Encouraging Christian Women toward Healthy Sexual Intimacy

How Talking About Sex Can Help a Graduate Student

Okay, that’s just a weird headline, isn’t it?

Well, I did happen to stumble upon a woman named Kelsy Burke, who is a graduate student and wants to know more about Christians and sex (especially with regard to Christians talking about sex on the internet).  She’s doing a survey, which I completed, and she contacted me, wondering if I would share the link with my readers (that’s all of you… you’re the best).

I’m not being compensated to pass this link along to you.  I just think it’s the right thing to do because she genuinely is trying to better understand something about Christians and sexuality.  That’s cool.

So, if you are feeling particularly kind and generous, help a graduate student out, okay?  I cruised through the survey rather quickly, so it doesn’t take much time at all. Below are the details from Kelsy:

Hello Intimacy in Marriage Readers!

My name is Kelsy Burke and I am a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. I am conducting research that explores how Christians use the Internet to talk about issues related to sexuality. If you are 18 years or older, I’d like to ask you to participate in my study by completing an online questionnaire.

You don’t need to disclose your real name, and no identifying information will be recorded. Your participation is completely confidential and after you submit your responses, they are stored securely in a password protected database. There are no risks or benefits for participating in this study.

The questionnaire will take you about 15 minutes to complete and will ask you basic demographic questions (e.g. age, race, marital status, education). It will also ask you questions about your religious affiliation and participation, Internet use, sexual practices, and sexual attitudes.

You will see a statement about compensated online interviews when you take the questionnaire. I am not conducting interviews at this time but I appreciate your help with the survey component of my study.

Here is the link to the questionnaire. In order to access it, you’ll need to enter the access code: faith11.

If you have any questions about the study, please feel free to contact me.


This research study is being conducted by Kelsy Burke, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. It has been approved by the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board and is being overseen by Distinguished Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, Kathleen Blee. For more information about Kelsy, check out her website,

April 1st, 2011 by