Experiences of Gender Minority Stress in Cisgender Parents of Transgender/Gender-Expansive Prepubertal Children: A Qualitative Study

Marco A. Hidalgo*, Diane Chen

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Abstract

Per minority stress theory, sexual and gender minorities are susceptible to bias-related social stressors that can internalize and increase their susceptibility to poor physical and mental health. Parents of transgender/gender-expansive (TGE) children may also encounter a number of stressors on account of their child’s gender experience. No known research had examined how these stressors align within a minority stress framework. This qualitative study examined and characterized minority stress phenomena in a clinically derived sample of English-speaking, cisgender parents of TGE children aged ≤11 years. Study findings included reports of distal and proximal forms of minority stress, with notable impact on health and well-being. Researchers highlight treatment implications and suggest studies continue to examine minority stress in parents of TGE children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-886
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume40
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019

Keywords

  • content analysis
  • minority stress
  • prepubertal children
  • qualitative
  • transgender youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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