Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2021

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Human Development and Family Studies

Major

Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Tera R Jordan

Abstract

Researchers assert that family processes are more impactful than family structure, as it concerns in terms of family wellbeing. Yet, scholars have not well-explored family processes in transgender-parented families. The scope of previous studies has limited our understanding as well as fewer transgender adults parenting than cisgender individuals. Specifically, relatively little is known about the relative strengths and family experiences among transgender-parented families; this study illuminated how families understand and made sense of their experiences.I define transgender as an inclusive term representing multiple subgroups including transsexual, gender non-conforming, nonbinary, and agender individuals. Using a hermeneutic phenomenological methodology and one paired (or dyadic) interview with five transgender parenting couples, I address non-transition related events, resources, and support networks, and family perceptions. Findings highlighted the importance of online social networks and how couples balance relationship strain and support from extended families and expectations within the family. Findings further demonstrated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on participants’ lives. Recommendations for practice, theory, policy, and research are reviewed.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20210609-14

Copyright Owner

Maya Bartel

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

204 pages

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