Desk research

In the first stage of the research we collect, systematize and analyze most available data regarding families of choice in Poland. The analyzed material consists of the following areas:

  • statistical data,
  • public opinion polls,
  • Civil Partnership Bills’ proposals,
  • legal opinions on Civil Partnership Bills’ proposals,
  • rulings of the Polish courts and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg concerning cohabitation of LGBT people,
  • official reports and other publications by LGBT organizations,
  • Catholic Church documents.


Discourse analysis

By means of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) we study public discourse around families of choice. We will take into account various areas, including:

  • parliamentary debates,
  • nationwide newspapers and magazines,
  • selected online portals and blogs,
  • campaigns organised by LGBT organizations,
  • publications issued by LGBT organizations,
  • Catholic Church documents.


Questionnaire-based research (quantitative)

We will conduct a quantitative research (n=1100) among non-heterosexual people remaining in relationship. This stage will be carried out throughout Poland, among people of diversified groups (incl. age, education, place of living, gender, economic statues, etc.). The respondents will have the opportunity to share their opinions on different aspects of life in families of choice.
In the second phase of the quantitative research, we will carry out an internet-based survey. By theses means, we hope to reach an even larger group of respondents, and at the same time, to deepen our study.


Individual In-Depth-Interviews (IDI)

The further stage will consists of conducting 50 Individual In-Depth-Interviews with members of families of choice. The interviews will be conducted throughout Poland. Our interlocutors will share with us their experiences of living in diverse relations, with their partners, children, and other members of their families. They will also share their opinions on challenges and problems of living and sustaining the non-heterosexual relationships.


Ethnographic research

Drawing on anthropological paradigm of fieldwork, we also plan to carry out a participant observation with families of choice. Researchers will accompany the family members in their daily activities. Applying this method – used for the first time in research on LGBT people in Poland – will allow us to gain a unique insight into the interactions and relations, prevalent among families of choice.


Members of the Advisory Board:

Dr Ulrika Dahl, Södertörn University, Sweden

Dr Zuzanna Grębecka, IKP UW, Poland

Dr Dorota Hall, IFIS PAN, Poland

Dr Agnieszka Kościańska, IEiAK UW, Poland

Dr Antu Sorainen, Christina Institute, Finland

Dr Agata Stanisz, IEiAK UAM, Poland

Anna Maria Szutowicz, SWPS, Poland



Focus Group Interviews

During the last stage of the research we are going to conduct Focus Group Interviews (FGI) in groups of 6-8 respondents. We intend to invite to the interviews people on the basis of their role/status in their family of choice (e.g. biological mothers in lesbian relationships). Apart of the further proliferation of our understanding of the needs and challenges of living in the family of choice, we hope that the participants of the FGIs will gain new contacts with the other people in similar situation and, therefore, we hope to foster new networks and support groups,