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Title: Transgender experiences : exploring identity transition and therapists' attitudes
Author: Brown, Suzanne
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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Gender identity is a burgeoning topic as people increasingly present to the National Health Service for assistance with gender incongruence concerns. The fluidity of gender and unique transition experience warrant further exploration given increased visibility of this topic. Also, with growing prevalence rates of people identifying as transgender, it is paramount the attitudinal responses of health care providers are investigated, given their crucial role in forging therapeutic relationships. This thesis informs understanding of transition experiences and current knowledge of mental health practitioners’ attitudes towards the transgender population. Chapter one is a critical systematic review of quantitative and mixed methodology research exploring mental health professionals’ attitudes towards transgender people. Database and manual searches revealed thirteen studies appropriate for inclusion. Mental health professionals report overall positive attitudes; however, demographic variables were found to influence attitudes. The review highlights inadequate scales that conflate sub-populations of transgender people and were often adapted from scales measuring attitudes towards sexual orientation. Areas for future research are discussed. Chapter two is a qualitative research study that explored the lived experience of transition with six Male to Female transgender participants. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis emergent findings relate to transition heterogeneity, intersectional forms of discrimination, and, authentic identity expression post-transition. Clinical and service implications are discussed alongside areas of future research. Chapter three is a reflective account applying relevant theories of intersectionality to the researcher’s self, research process and experiences while on the doctorate. It explores the parallels between the research area and facets influencing identity transition before embarking on professional qualification.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RC Internal medicine