The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance - a.k.a TASHRA - has announced it's newest global research initiative in the form of the 2021 International Kink Health Study at www.KinkHealth.org
Building on as an extension of their 2014 Kink Health Project and 2016 Kink Health Survey, the 2021 International Kink Health Study invites consenting participants from around the globe to take part in TASHRA's latest initiative. Specifically, the research and findings produced by the International Kink Healthy Study are intended to provide better insight into how an individual's involvement in kink, fetish or BDSM practices impact their personal health and healthcare.
According to TASHRA:
"Kink-involved people engage in atypical erotic activities such as bondage, rough sex, and fetish activities that might risk injury. However, we know very little about the rate of injury for people who engage in these activities or their healthcare experiences. Patterns of anticipated stigma, delay or avoidance of care, and concealment of kink/BDSM fit the Minority Stress Model; kink-identified people should be considered a sexual minority for the purposes of healthcare."
The data collated through the 2021 International Kink Health Study will be disseminated throughout community forums within the kink community specifically, as well as in relevant academic and scientific journals such as the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the Journal of Sex Research, the Journal of Public Health, and the Journal for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. It is hoped that the outcomes of the study will also thus aid in training for medical and mental health professionals who may be working with kink-involved clients.