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Gender Dysphoria, Depression, and Performance Involvement among Gay and Bisexual Male Drag Queens
by Knutson, Douglas Ray, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2017, 96; 10189241
Abstract (Summary)

Researchers and theorists have generally included drag queens and transgender (trans*) populations together in their scholarship, and have paid little attention to how these populations may differ. Such sampling practices may lead to a variety of misleading assumptions about both drag and transgender populations. For one thing, researchers have pointed to higher rates of gender dysphoria and depression among trans* individuals, but the same may not be the case among drag queens. In order to add greater clarity to similarities and differences between these populations, a gender dysphoria questionnaire, depression inventory, and work involvement inventory were administered to a sample of gay and bisexual, cisgender male drag queens. Descriptive statistics from these measures represent the first step toward establishing rates of depression and gender dysphoria among drag queens. Mean comparisons of rates of depression and gender dysphoria between gay/bisexual male cisgender drag queens and male-to-female transgender persons indicate significant differences between these populations. When level of involvement in drag was considered, a small positive correlation was found with depression while a small negative correlation was found with gender dysphoria. Results indicate that drag queens are less depressed and experience considerably less gender dysphoria than transgender individuals. Furthermore, gender dysphoria may decrease as involvement in drag performance increases. This data may add clarity to research on gender diversity, support efforts to de-pathologize drag performance, and reduce stigma associated with drag in general. Implications for future research and for mental health treatment are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koch, Julie M.
Commitee: Bailey, Lucy, Hammer, Tonya, Lee, Hang-Shim, Romans, John
School: Oklahoma State University
Department: Educational Psychology
School Location: United States -- Oklahoma
Source: DAI-B 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: LGBTQ studies, Counseling Psychology, Gender studies
Keywords: Counseling psychology, Drag queens, Dysphoria, Female impersonation, Gender identity, Transgender
Publication Number: 10189241
ISBN: 978-0-355-85351-3
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