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A mixed methods evaluation of a gender affirmative education program for families of trans young people
Mc Cann, Edward; Sharek, Danika; Huntley-Moore, Sylvia
Research evidence suggests that education can play an important role in a family?s acceptance and support of a trans(gender) young person. However, there is a lack of robust evidence around the impact of education programs for these families. This article reports the findings of a mixed-methods evaluation of an online education program developed for families of trans young people. Surveys were administered before and after participation in the education program to assess the impact of the program on several measures, including trans-related knowledge, self-reflection and insight, family problem-solving, family communication, self-efficacy, and views of gender identity. Interviews were used to explore family members? experiences of the program, its perceived impact, and recommendations for further development. The survey findings revealed a statistically significant increase in knowledge scores from the pre-education program to post-education program. Interview participants felt the education program was accessible and easy to use and the majority reported learning about trans-related issues from the program. Fewer participants reported developing skills around self-reflection, problem-solving, and communication following participation in the program. The findings from this evaluation add to the evidence base concerning the efficacy of education for families of trans young people, with further implications and recommendations highlighted.
Keyword(s): Education; Evaluation; Family; Intervention; Mixed methods; Transgender; Inclusive Society; EDUCATION; FAMILIES; FAMILY PRACTICE/EDUCATION; Human rights; Social Inclusion
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Citation(s): Sharek, D. McCann, E. Huntley-Moore, S., A mixed methods evaluation of a gender affirmative education program for families of trans young people, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 2019
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First Indexed: 2019-09-06 06:10:42 Last Updated: 2020-10-30 07:58:20