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Fredrika Wild Schweers Lecture on Gender and Health

Families in Transition: Psychosocial Functioning and Mental Health in Transgender Youth and Families


Research on the experiences of transgender and non-binary (TNB) youth is growing, but research specifically on the experiences of TNB youth within the family context and associations with TNB youths’ mental health is still in its infancy.  Few studies have reported the family experiences of TNB youth from the youths’ own perspectives or from multiple family members’ perspectives.  Family systems, ecological systems, and minority stress approaches are used to understand the experiences of TNB youth and their families.  Data will be presented from two studies: The Trans Youth Family Study (TYFS) and the Trans Teen and Family Narratives Project (TTFN). TYFS is a longitudinal multi-site mixed methods study of 20 TNB youth, ages 7-18 years, and their cisgender (non-TNB) caregivers (N=54 family members total) to understand how the youth’s gender identity and transition affects family relationships and functioning.  TTFN is an NIH-funded community-based longitudinal mixed methods study of 33 TNB adolescents, ages 13-17 years, and their cisgender siblings and caregivers (N=96 family members total) to understand how the family environment affects TNB adolescents’ health and well-being.  Findings from this research have implications for TNB young adults and their families, as well as service providers working with these families.    




Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences, 010
120 Flagg Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

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Gender and Women's Studies Program
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Rhonda LaPorte

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