Research Project

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RESEARCH TITLE:
British, Sikh and Bisexual: A study of the male perspective.


INVESTIGATOR: 

Jaspreet Tehara, Counselling Psychology doctorate student at the University of Roehampton.


BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE RESEARCH PROJECT:

Research surrounding male bisexuality is sparse when compared to the work surrounding female bisexuality, possibly stemming from historical socio-political movements and post-structuralist discourses of heterosexual and homosexual communities.
However, previous research has indicated that men identifying as bisexual may face mental health issues, increased drug use, and sexual minority stress.

Concomitantly, prior research indicates there are similar processes taking place when a person from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background identifies as bisexual. Previous research has been conducted on British Pakistani men identifying as gay and bisexual, however, they have cultural distinctiveness to British Sikhs. Sikh sexuality is an area that has remained largely undeveloped as a research arena.

Previous research also states “Very few Sikhs have openly ‘come out,’ as gay, bisexual or lesbian, and those who have raised the issue in Britain have mostly been students.”
They go on to infer that Sikhs who come out as bisexual face a double isolation, from both the LGBTQ community and the Asian community, which is concordant with previous research on minority stress theory.

Presently, volunteer organisations and LGBTQ researchers have indicated issues with previous research, stating pre-formed ideas on topics have lead to circularity in research outcomes. The proposed research would look to address underlying gaps in the existing research, with regard to BAME experience of LGBTQ life.

THE AIM of the study is to explore the experience of British Sikh  men who identify as bisexual/bi-curious, and how they make sense of their experience. A secondary aim of the research is to gain a deeper level of knowledge about the experience and the meaning making found in men who are bisexual.


WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

If you are aged 18 and above.
If you are second-generation or third-generation British Sikh.
If you self-identify as Bisexual or Bi-curious.
If you are male.


HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE TO THE RESEARCH

Participation in research would involve an audio-recorded interview and debrief session. Interviews will last between sixty and ninety minutes (but could be shorter) and will take place primarily at the University of Roehampton. Alternatively, arrangements can be discussed if you are unable to attend the University of Roehampton.


WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?

Interviews will be confidential within the confines of the research project and every effort will be made to ensure the anonymity of the participant in the research and in any subsequent publication or presentation.


ETHICAL APPROVAL

This research is being undertaken by the Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton. This project has been approved under the procedures of the University of Roehampton’s Ethics Committee.


ORGANISATION OF RESEARCH

If you would be interested in taking part in this research or if you have any further questions, please contact Jaspreet Tehara (primary investigator).

If you have a concern about any aspect of your participation or any other queries please raise this with the investigator (you can also contact the Director of Studies or the Co-supervisor). However, if you would like to contact an independent party please contact the Head of Department.


DIRECTOR OF STUDIES

Dr. Lyndsey Moon
Department of Psychology
Whitelands College
Holybourne Avenue
London
SW15 4JD
Email: Lyndsey.moon@roehampton.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8392 5773

CO-SUPERVISOR OF STUDIES

Dr. Anastasios Gaitanidis
Department of Psychology
Whitelands College
Holybourne Avenue
London
SW15 4JD
Email: anastasios.gaitanidis@roehampton.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8392 3000 ext 4529

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Dr. Diane Bray
Department of Psychology
Whitelands College
Holybourne Avenue
London
SW15 4JD
Email:  d.bray@roehampton.ac.uk
Tel:      020 8392 3627