Date of Award

12-11-2009

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Shawn Davis, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Adrien Wolmark, Ph.D.

Abstract

Currently there is a paucity of psychological literature dedicated to the transgender community, and the literature specifically addressing gender nonconforming youth is almost nonexistent. However, adolescents who do not adhere to typical gender roles are particularly vulnerable to experiencing negative life events (i.e., homelessness, victimization, stigmatization, familial and peer rejection) that may increase their risk for developing mental health problems. The current project includes a review of the psychological literature which addresses transgender and gender nonconforming youth. Also, a survey of 6 transgender and gender nonconforming youth participants yielded information regarding general demographics, degrees of assumed masculine and feminine gender roles, mental health experiences, and levels of perceived social support. Finally, a discussion of the information derived, limitations, and clinical implications are provided.

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