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Gay Bodies Worldwide

Published: 10 April 2019 Tags: By Joe Nellist

Gay Bodies Worldwide is a research study about the body image and body preferences of gay and bisexual men by Dr Scott Griffiths, a researcher in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. Starting on 15 February 2019, approximately 3.5 million smartphone advertisements were sent out to Grindr users in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The study is now the largest longitudinal study of gay and bisexual men in the world with over 8,500 people. In Australia, the study has received nationwide media coverage and strong support from the community. To make the study as representative as possible, the survey is now being opened up so that everyone can have their say, not just Grindr users.

Researchers from the project say that findings from Gay Bodies Worldwide will help them to develop the cutting-edge treatments that gay and bisexual men deserve. This TED talk gives an idea of some of the work they do, and why they are doing it.

Study participants will be surveyed 10 times over 5 years, providing insight into how gay and bisexual mens' thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about physical appearance change as they grow older. Researchers say that findings from Gay Bodies Worldwide will "transform our understanding of physical appearance phenomena among gay and bisexual men, and will help us develop new treatments for life-threatening body image and eating disorders."


HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN GAY BODIES WORLDWIDE?

Gay Bodies Worldwide is now open to everyone, not just Grindr users. Click here to be taken to the study.

WHO IS RUNNING GAY BODIES WORLDWIDE?

Gay Bodies Worldwide is run by Dr Scott Griffiths, a researcher in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Scott is assisted by his research team, the Physical Appearance Research Team.

HOW DO I FIND OUT THE RESULTS OF GAY BODIES WORLDWIDE?

Results from Gay Bodies Worldwide will be progressively released in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles, public presentations, and media articles. Scott will also release the results on his twitter, @scott1griffiths.

IS GAY BODIES WORLDWIDE AN OPEN SCIENCE STUDY?

Yes, Gay Bodies Worldwide is an Open Science study with open data, materials, and code. Please visit the Open Science Framework to access these materials.