Is the study still happening?

Data collection is now complete for the US study. Please check back for updates!

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this study is to examine the many ways people think about and want to create their future families.


Am I eligible to participate in the study?

To qualify for the study you have to be over the age of 18, not have any children currently, and want to become a parent in the future. You can be single or have a partner and you can identify as any sexual orientation or gender identity.

How will my information be used?

Your information will be used in data analyses and summaries will be published in peer reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences. We will also summarize findings in a newsletter that we will distribute and posted on the study’s website. No personal information will be used!

What if I am single, can I participate?

Yes! Both single and coupled individuals who want to become parents can participate!


What if I don’t know if my partner want to participate, can I still participate?

Yes, at the end of the survey we will ask for the contact information for your partner. We can send them the information and they can choose to participate or not. No one HAS to participate!

What if I identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, heterosexual, queer…can I participate?

Yes! People of all sexual orientations and gender identities who want to become parents are encouraged to participate! 

Will you use any of my identifying information?

No! After you complete your survey, all identifying information (such as your email address) will be separated from your data and kept in a separate, secure location.


Has this study been reviewed by an ethic board (Institutional Review Board)?

Yes, this study has been approved by the Pennsylvania State University (IRB #STUDY00001200) Institutional Review Board. Please contact Dr. Samantha Tornello ( if you have any questions.

Have any questions? Send an email to IntendedParentStudy at gmail dot com and ask!