This research is seeking to investigate how members of the furry community cope with stressors and mental health issues and whether being a member of the furry community can be a protective factor against stress. We also want to investigate how a person’s fursona/ furry identity and their actual identity interact and any differences/similarities between them.  We are seeking people who identify as a furry for this research.

Please read the following information sheet before starting the research:
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Do you identify as a furry and or a furry fan? *

     
 
What is your age in years?

 
What is your gender?


 
What was your sex assigned at birth?


 
What country do you live in?

 
How did you hear about / find this survey?


 
Do you belong to any other fan communities besides the furry community?

Choose all that apply

 
Please specify which {{answer_47731909}}  fan group you are a part of?

 
How long have you been a part of the furry community? *


 
Do you have a fursona? *

     
 
What is the gender of your fursona?


 
Please rate the degree to which you have disclosed your furry identity to:

 
Non-Furry Friends


 
Non-Furry Family


 
Non-Furry Relationship Partners


 
Non-Furry Work Peers


 
Non-Furry Work Supervisors


 
Non-Furry Strangers or New Acquaintances


 
Please rate the degree to the following people understood when you disclosed your furry identity to them:

 
Non-furry Friends


 
Non-furry Family


 
Non-furry Relationship Partners


 
Non-furry Work Peers


 
Non-furry Work Supervisors


 
Non-furry Strangers or New Acquaintances


 
In which places/situations, if any, do you feel comfortable or uncomfortable discussing being a furry with others?

 
How many friends do you see and or speak to at least once a week?

 
How many of those friends are furries?

 
Do you believe that you are 100% human?

     
 
Can you describe what being less than 100% human or transcending humanity means to you?

 
Bullying is prevalent in modern society. Many people including furries are bullied, these next questions will ask you to describe your experiences being bullied, if you have been.

 
To what extent have you ever been Physically Bullied?


 
To what extent have you ever been Verbally Bullied?


 
To what extent have you ever been Bullied Online?


 
To what extent you ever been harassed or made to feel ashamed for being a furry?


 
To what extent have you ever been bullied or discriminated against for being a furry?


 
If you have been bullied for being a furry. Were there any common characteristics of the bullying you faced?

Feel free to say as much or as little as you like.
If there are any key words that define the bullying, feel free to put them.
 
How did your fursona develop?

If you do not have a fursona please enter N/a
 
What does your fursona mean to you?

If you don't have a fursona, please enter N/a
 
These questions will ask about your relationship to your fursona.

 
My fursona represents an idealized version of myself


 
My fursona represents an accurate picture of myself


 
My fursona is the total opposite of who I am


 
My fursona represents who others want me to be


 
My fursona’s personality differs from my non-fursona’s personality


 
My fursona’s appetite different from my non-fursona


 
I experience more attention from other people when 'in' my fursona


 
My Fursona is more than just an online avatar to me


 
My Fursona helps me feel able to cope with life


 
I ‘become’ my fursona to be more confident in social situations


 
Why do you have a fursona?

If you don't have a fursona, please enter N/a
 
I would change my non-fursona personality to be more like fursona if I could


 
What aspects of your non furry personality would you want to change? *

 
Please rate the degree to which you agree with these statements:

 
I discovered the furry community through online websites or online furry websites


 
I discovered the furry community through furry friends


 
I discovered the furry community through furry or non-furry conventions


 
I discovered the furry community through television


 
I discovered the furry community through other means not listed here


 
I went looking for the furry community


 
The furry community found me


 
If you could change something about the fandom, what would it be?
Why is that?

 
What do you like about the fandom?
Why is that?

 
Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problems?

 
Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge: *


 
Not being able to stop worrying *


 
Little interest or pleasure in doing things *


 
Feeling down, depressed or hopeless *


 
The following questions will ask about suicide, this is an area which can be sensitive for some people.

If this is an area you wish not to talk about you can choose to not answer these questions
 
Have you ever seriously contemplated suicide?


 
Has this happened in the past 12 months?


 
How many times did you seriously attempt suicide in your lifetime?

 
Now I would like to ask you some questions about mental and emotional well-being.

 
In the past 12 months, have you seen or talked to a health professional about your emotional or mental health?


 
How many times (in the past 12 months)?

 
Whom did you see or talk to?


 
How has being a furry helped or hindered your ability to function in day-to-day life?

 
Do you feel that being a part of the furry fandom has made you better able to cope with the stressors you face in life?

     
 
How has being a part of the furry fandom has made you better able to cope with the stressors you face in life?

 
What does your fursona mean to you?

Please describe whether your fursona is just a online avatar for you or is something more?
 
How supportive are your friends about you being a furry?


 
How supportive are your family about you being a furry?


 
Have you made any permanent changes to your body to reflect your fursona or your engagement with the community?

 
Have you ever felt guilt over your fursuit/participation in furry community?

 
Please rate the degree to which you agree with each of these statements

 
I feel tense and or excited when watching or engaging with furry content.


 
I feel a sense of positive identity/ positive feelings when watching and or engaging with furry content.


 
I turn to watching or engaging with furry content as a way of distracting from or avoiding real life events


 
I enjoy watching or engaging with furry content.


 
I enjoy earning money from/ profit from engaging with furry content.


 
I enjoy the beauty and art of furry content.


 
I gain enjoyment from being able to connect with other furries within the larger furry fandom.


 
Watching or engaging with furry content helps bring my family closer together.


 
These next questions will ask you about your level of engagement with the fan community:

 
1. I have rescheduled my work to accommodate being a furry or interacting with the furry community.

 
2. I am emotionally connected to the furry community.

 
3. I spend a considerable amount of money on furry paraphernalia, (fursuits, art, toys etc).

 
4. I do not devote much energy to the furry community.

 
5. I want everyone to know I am connected to the furry community or being a furry.

 
6. I would devote all my time to the furry community or being a furry if I could.

 
7. I would be devastated if I were told I could not pursue engaging with the furry community or being a furry.

 
8. I strongly identify with being a furry or the furry community.

 
9. When being a furry or the furry community is popular I feel great.

 
10. Being a furry or the furry community is part of me.

 
11. I want to be friends with people who like the furry community or are furries.

 
Thank you for completing the survey. If you wish to enter the draw for the Amazon voucher please open this survey and enter your email address there: https://furryresearch.typeform.com/to/VnoZlb
Your responses to this survey and your email address in the other survey will be stored separately and your responses will not be linked with your email.


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