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Resilience in families in transition : what happens when a parent is transgender?

Myrte Dierckx (UGent) , Dimitri Mortelmans, Joz Motmans (UGent) and Guy T'Sjoen (UGent)
(2017) FAMILY RELATIONS. 66(3). p.399-411
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Objective: To understand the experiences of both children and parents in families where one of the parent is transgender. Background: A focus on the family environment can be found in research concerning transgender youth, but this focus is lacking in research on transgender adults. To our knowledge, research so far has not shed light on the experiences of minor children who have witnessed the transition of their parent. Method: Using the family resilience framework, which is a useful theoretical framework for analyzing family transitions, we conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with 13 children and 15 parents (8 cisgender and 7 transgender) from 9 families. Results: Various protective family processes were distinguished in the achievement of adaptive functioning outcomes: family continuity, family communication, significant others' acceptance, and attributing meaning. Hence, the findings from this research clearly show that the gender transition of a parent in itself should not be problematized. Conclusion: Through good practices and protective processes within the family, the transition of a parent's gender can be accepted by children. Implications: These findings have implications for families with a transgender parent as well as for anyone working with children and their transgender parents.
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Family processes, gender issues, LGBT issues and relationships, resilience, GROUNDED THEORY, CHILDREN, GENDER, FRAMEWORK, IDENTITY, MEN

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Dierckx, Myrte, Dimitri Mortelmans, Joz Motmans, and Guy T’Sjoen. 2017. “Resilience in Families in Transition : What Happens When a Parent Is Transgender?” Family Relations 66 (3): 399–411.
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Dierckx, M., Mortelmans, D., Motmans, J., & T’Sjoen, G. (2017). Resilience in families in transition : what happens when a parent is transgender? FAMILY RELATIONS, 66(3), 399–411.
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Dierckx M, Mortelmans D, Motmans J, T’Sjoen G. Resilience in families in transition : what happens when a parent is transgender? FAMILY RELATIONS. 2017;66(3):399–411.
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Dierckx, Myrte, Dimitri Mortelmans, Joz Motmans, et al. “Resilience in Families in Transition : What Happens When a Parent Is Transgender?” FAMILY RELATIONS 66.3 (2017): 399–411. Print.
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  abstract     = {Objective: To understand the experiences of both children and parents in families where one of the parent is transgender. 
Background: A focus on the family environment can be found in research concerning transgender youth, but this focus is lacking in research on transgender adults. To our knowledge, research so far has not shed light on the experiences of minor children who have witnessed the transition of their parent. 
Method: Using the family resilience framework, which is a useful theoretical framework for analyzing family transitions, we conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with 13 children and 15 parents (8 cisgender and 7 transgender) from 9 families. 
Results: Various protective family processes were distinguished in the achievement of adaptive functioning outcomes: family continuity, family communication, significant others' acceptance, and attributing meaning. Hence, the findings from this research clearly show that the gender transition of a parent in itself should not be problematized. 
Conclusion: Through good practices and protective processes within the family, the transition of a parent's gender can be accepted by children. 
Implications: These findings have implications for families with a transgender parent as well as for anyone working with children and their transgender parents.},
  author       = {Dierckx, Myrte and Mortelmans, Dimitri and Motmans, Joz and T'Sjoen, Guy},
  issn         = { 0197-6664},
  journal      = {FAMILY RELATIONS},
  keyword      = {Family processes,gender issues,LGBT issues and relationships,resilience,GROUNDED THEORY,CHILDREN,GENDER,FRAMEWORK,IDENTITY,MEN},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {399--411},
  title        = {Resilience in families in transition : what happens when a parent is transgender?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/fare.12282},
  volume       = {66},
  year         = {2017},
}

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