Transgender-parented families: A qualitative study of family processes

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2021-05
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Bartel, Maya
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Jordan, Tera R
Melby, Janet
Lippard, Christine
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Human Development and Family Studies
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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.
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