As a PhD student, I am often in contact with other researchers seeking participants for their studies. Lately, it has been wonderful to view the growing number of strengths-based studies for transgendered individuals. Below is information for one of those studies.
LOOKING FOR TRANSGENDER PERSONS
This researcher will explore the experiences of transgender adults as they tell their story about how and when they negotiated their personal path to their true gender including the influence of their family of origin, friends, and professional colleagues.
My name is Gerard Cavanaugh MS, LPC, LMFT and I am a doctoral candidate in Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University, in Denton, Texas. I am conducting a research study in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the PhD in Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. My study is titled:
“I Want to Be Who I Am”: A Phenomenological Study of How Transgender Persons Viewed the Changes in Their Families as They Negotiated the Path to Their True Gender.
This study involves recruiting (15 minutes), filling out a demographic questionnaire and signing a consent form (up to 15 minutes) and a face-to-face interview lasting up to 60 minutes. You can be at any place along the path to your true gender, or you have completed the journey. You may bring a trusted family member or fictive family member to the interview. The interview will consist of exploring your experiences as you grew up in your family of origin, which family values were influential to you as you negotiated your path to your new gender, and how you describe your disclosure to family, friends, and professional colleagues.
Participants must be age 18 or over. Family or fictive family members (persons not related to family members, yet considered part of the family) must be 18 or older. Participation is voluntary and you may, or your family member may, withdraw at any time. You may ask questions at any time using e-mail, phone, or during our face-to-face time.
If you are interested and willing to participate in this study please contact:
If you know someone who might be interested in participating in this study, please share this information with them. There is a stipend of $10 for every participant if that person completes the interview. You are free to withdraw from this study at any time.
There is a potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all E-mail, or Internet transactions.