Researchers

Advice and support for those conducting research on MAPs

Free Study Review

Our study review process is not a substitute for the use of an institutional review board to identify ethical issues.

MAP Resources will review draft surveys at no charge for researchers or institutions seeking to improve the quality of life and availability of support for minor-attracted people. The review will include the following:

  • Identifying stigmatizing language and suggesting alternative wording

  • Determining the potential impact of questions on MAP respondents

  • Evaluating methods for preventing falsified and spam responses

If you would like to submit a study for review, please reach out using the contact information on our About page with details regarding your MAP-related research and its goals.

Develop Studies

Numerous MAP-friendly organizations are willing to provide a variety of services to researchers, including collaboration on study development and even support for acquiring funding. These direct partnerships may help you bypass some of the constraints caused by pervasive societal stigma and widespread misinformation surrounding these topics.

B4U-ACT

Must be centered on MAP wellbeing

Nonprofit focused on the relationships between MAPs and professional allies

Services offered

  • Recruiting MAP survey respondents

  • Developing relevant research questions

  • Refining surveys and interview protocols

  • Sensitivity training for MAP issues

Requirements

Before partnering with B4U-ACT, you must agree to follow their Research Ethos

Applying

If you are interested in partnering with B4U-ACT, you can learn more here.

To apply, email science@b4uact.org and provide the following information:

  1. Documentation of goals

  2. Bibliography

  3. Plans for dissemination/use of results

Prostasia Foundation

Must have child protection applications

Sex-positive child protection group with an evidence-based approach

Services offered

  • Expanding the reach of existing research

  • Facilitating trust with MAP stakeholders

  • Support in acquiring partial funding

Applying

If you are interested in partnering with Prostasia, you can learn more and apply here.

Get Respondents

There are several organizations dedicated to supporting minor-attracted people that use their platform to increase the reach of surveys seeking MAP respondents. Several are listed below, along with instructions on how to submit your study and information on what needs to be included. Be aware that submissions may be subject to a review.

Looking for a specific group of minor-attracted people that's not covered in the options below? We can help you find them! Reach out using the contact information on our About page. For example, we frequently hear from researchers who are interested in representing diverse contact stances in their samples. Additional listings are available upon request.

MAP Support Club

Anti-contact only

Support group with 300+ members

To inquire, email info@mapsupport.club. Emails should contain the following:

  1. Name of the institution and involved faculty

  2. Instructions for participants

  3. Methods of ensuring anonymity

  4. Deadline for responses

  5. Evidence of ethics committee approval

Virtuous Pedophiles

Anti-contact only

Support group with 7000+ members

Due to "increasing interest in the topic," Virtuous Pedophiles is currently only accepting studies from PhD students (and Masters students supervised by an academic who has been published notably on subjects related to non-offending MAPs).

To inquire, email virped@pm.me and cc your academic supervisor. Emails should include an introductory paragraph containing the following:

  1. Name of the institution and involved faculty

  2. Instructions for participants

  3. Methods of ensuring anonymity

  4. Deadline for responses

  5. Evidence of ethics committee approval

Open MAP Community

Support group with 100+ members

To inquire, email map.community@protonmail.ch. Emails may include the following:

  1. Institutional affiliation (if applicable)

  2. Focus of the study

  3. Instructions for participants

  4. Methods of ensuring anonymity

Mastodon

Decentralized social media platform

Due to its decentralized nature, Mastodon is popular among members of stigmatized groups. There are two major MAP-centered servers with open registration: nnia.space and freak.university. Posts on either one are visible to members of both, however, users are more likely to see posts on their own server.

Some considerations:

  1. As with other social media, people will only see your post in their feed if they follow you or if someone they follow shares it.

  2. Mastodon posts are visible to the public by default, so bad actors may try to manipulate the results of controversial surveys.

  3. Most MAPs avoid clicking untrusted links, so prove your credentials and provide secure access methods (Tor, VPN, etc.).

Stay Updated

Research on minor-attracted people is a rapidly-evolving field, and it can be difficult to keep up with all the latest advances. There are a variety of resources and programs designed to help you and your colleagues stay up-to-date so you can ensure your own work accounts for new findings. These are the ones that we believe will be most beneficial.

B4QR logo, the characters b 4 q and r in silver font underlined with a silver gradient set against a blue background.

B4QR summarizes and critiques the latest research on MAPs and minor attractions. The reviews are written by a group of academics and minor-attracted people.

B4U-ACT logo, the characters B 4 U dash A C T in capital silver letters are set against a blue rectangle. Below, a silver lip contains the phrase "Living in Truth and Dignity".

B4U-ACT's email group is the foundation of a network of experts who study MAPs. They share updates on the latest research and provide networking opportunities.

Protect Yourself

Unfortunately, due to the stigma surrounding minor attractions, researchers who openly support MAPs or advocate for them to have access to improved support are at risk of experiencing targeted harassment. This can take a variety of forms, but at worst, it can lead to private info being exposed and friends, family members, and careers being impacted.

Prostasia Foundation logo, a hand holding a tree trunk like a torch, while green leaves fan out at the top.

The Prostasia Foundation maintains a guide to help individuals in the field of child protection minimize the risk of online harassment and respond effectively when it occurs. They also provide tips on ensuring your personal information remains private.