Understanding the lived experiences of transitioning adults with gender dysphoria in the United Kingdom: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Nicola Harrison, Lisa Jacobs, Adrian Parke*

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Abstract

This study aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of the lived experiences of adults with gender dysphoria seeking treatment in the UK. Two transgender males and six transgender females participated. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews and analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Analysis of the transcripts revealed three superordinate themes: “Accessing Healthcare Services,” “Searching for Acceptance,” and “Impact of Gender Dysphoria on Psychological Wellbeing” that represented the experiences for this population. It is concluded that there is a substantial need for counseling support during and after the treatment-seeking process within the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-55
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Transgender
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • LGBT+

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