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dc.contributor.advisorBirman, Dinaen_US
dc.contributor.authorKuper, Laura E.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-09T19:07:37Z
dc.date.available2012-12-09T19:07:37Z
dc.date.created2011-12en_US
dc.date.issued2012-12-09
dc.date.submitted2011-12en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/9066
dc.description.abstractSeveral distinct yet overlapping literatures have contributed to understanding the trajectories of gender nonconforming children. However, these often fail to adequately distinguish the experiences of those who share similar experiences of childhood gender nonconformity, but come to self-identify in various ways. To address this gap, transgender identifying youth were matched with non-transgender identifying youth of similar levels of childhood gender nonconformity (N=20, ages 19 to 23, 75% racial/ethnic minority), and developmental semi-structured interviews were conducted. Qualitative data analysis was guided by an ecological framework, which identified the characteristics of the youth’s self-understandings (identity, physical self, self presentation, interests/activities, attractions/behavior) and the settings (e.g., school, family, community centers, media) that they interactively negotiated throughout development. Focus on the self codes revealed multiple related, distinct, and interactive dimensions of gender and sexuality, which also changed over time. These dimensions will be discussed, along with the similarities and differences found across birth sex (male, female) and current gender identity (transgender, primarily non-transgender). Overall, results highlight the complexity and diversity of experience within the transgender umbrella. They also reinforce the importance of youth’s exposure to a range of ways of making meaning of one’s gender and sexual orientation related experiences, and support a move away from disorder based models of gender variance to those that focus on the supportiveness of the context.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsCopyright 2011 Laura E. Kuperen
dc.subjectgender identityen_US
dc.subjecttransgenderen_US
dc.subjecttranssexualen_US
dc.subjectgender non conformityen_US
dc.subjectsexual orientationen_US
dc.subjectidentity developmenten_US
dc.titleIdentity Development Among Racially Diverse Transgender and Similarly Gender Nonconforming LGB Youthen_US
thesis.degree.departmentPsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicagoen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMA, Master of Artsen_US
dc.type.genrethesisen_US
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