Julia Bernards, Morgan Mayne, Cass Henriques, Quintin Hunt
Among the vulnerable populations in our society, transgender and gender diverse (TGD) individuals often have among the poorest outcomes, with alarming rates of suicide, mental health concerns, relational issues, substance abuse and victimization. A key moderator of these outcomes is family acceptance and support. Unfortunately, many TGD folx, particularly those in conservative Christian religions, do not receive the acceptance and support that could make such a difference. Using interviews with parents who identify as belonging to a conservative Christian religion and have TGD children, this grounded-theory qualitative study was conducted to understand parents’ experiences in coming to accept a TGD child. The Transgender Relationship Adjustment Model, which emerged from this research, provides parents, educators, clinicians and researchers a framework for understanding the factors that appear to affect parents’ acceptance and support of their TGD children and the process that parents work through in coming to a place of acceptance.
- Identify barriers LDS parents experience to accepting a children when they come out as transgender.
- Understand the process of how LDS parents move from being unaccepting towards accepting and supporting a transgender child.
- Highlight the voices and lived experiences of religiously conservative parents in coming to accept a gender diverse child.
Subject Codes: gender identity, family processes, spirituality
Population Codes: transgender, trans*, Latter-Day Saints (Mormon),
Method and Approach Codes: qualitative methodology, grounded theory, narrative