Affectionately Attached: The Impact of Attachment Styles on Sexual Self-Concept Among Adults Who Identify as LGBTGEQIAP+

My name is Karli Fleitas, and I am a doctoral candidate completing my dissertation at James Madison University. I am conducting a research study titled, “Affectionately Attached: The Impact of Attachment Styles on Sexual Self-Concept Among Adults Who Identify as LGBTGEQIAP+.” It is my intention to foster a deeper understanding of LGBTGEQIAP+ identities by centering the perspectives of the community. This study obtained approval from James Madison University’s Institutional Review Board as IRB # 23-3752 on November 16, 2022. 

The purpose of this email is to request permission to recruit participants within your organization. I have attached a flyer for your review. Adults (at least 21 years old) who self-identify as LGBTGEQIAP+ are eligible and invited to participate in this study. Consenting participants will be directed to an informed consent page, asked to complete a demographic questionnaire through Qualtrics—a secure, online survey tool, and then asked to complete two measures. The time commitment for participation is approximately 15-20 minutes.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you are willing to participate in this study, please click the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Karli Fleitas at or contact my dissertation chair, Dr. Debbie Sturm at if you have additional questions pertaining to this study.

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