This qualitative phenomenological study sought to understand experiences of stress and resilience of transgender women of color. It was not known how they experience various types of minority stress, or how they perceive the known factors that play a role in their resilience. The study relied on intersectionality theory and the gender minority stress and resilience model. The aim was to understand the lived experiences of stress and resilience for them. The research questions were: how do transgender women of color experience various kinds of minority stress and how do transgender women of color perceive the known factors of resilience to such stressors? A United States online sample of (n = 18) volunteers were recruited through convenience sampling via Facebook from which the sample (n = 8) was purposively chosen. Eight individual semi-structured interviews were conducted. Transcripts were analyzed using a phenomenological analysis to generate composite descriptions of their lived experiences. Findings resulted in composite descriptions. For instance, regarding stress, the need for access to affordable medical care and legal hormones, mental health care, and community support were common responses across participants. Regarding resilience, findings emphasized community support, optimism, and other acceptance, or acceptance that other people have different perspectives while maintaining autonomy. Final recommendations include increased cultural competence training for professionals working with this population, resulting in an increase of their access to competent medical and group counseling services.
|Commitee:||Ogletree, Susan, Burner, Kerry|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Ethnic studies, LGBTQ studies, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Gender minority stress and resilience, Intersectionality, Phenomenological study, Resilience, Stress, Transgender women of color|
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