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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/368

Authors: Babcock, Rachael
Supervisor(s): Dr. Jeff Chang, Athabasca University
Examining Committee: Dr. Tobias Wiggins, Athabasca University
Dr. Katelyn Coburn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Degree: Master of Counselling
Department: Faculty of Health Disciplines
Keywords: transgender
gender non-conforming
interpretative phenomenological analysis
participatory methods
non-affirming religion
minority stress
Issue Date: 13-Jan-2022
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to better understand the experience of navigating a transgender or gender non-conforming (TGNC) gender identity and non-affirming religious affiliation. To understand TGNC individuals’ experiences, I employed an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) and integrated participatory methods to ensure that the research design, analysis, and dissemination were congruent with the TGNC community’s feedback and direction. Through semi-structured interviews, four TGNC adults who were actively participating in a non-affirming religion described their experience of participating in a non-affirming religion. Individuals shared similar challenges, strengths, internal processes, and community supports. They identified the intricate thought processes and self-reflection required for their continued participation in their non-affirming congregations. Participants found strength to maintain a connection to their religion through a fundamental relationship with God. Through these four accounts, counsellors and practitioners have a glimpse at this complex phenomenon and can draw on this shared knowledge to inform their practice.
Graduation Date: Jan-2022
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/368
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