The interaction between young people with atypical gender identity organization and their peers

University of Bath, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Journal of Health Psychology (Impact Factor: 1.22). 06/2005; 10(3):307-15. DOI: 10.1177/1359105305051417
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ABSTRACT This exploratory study involved the qualitative analysis of the responses of eight children with atypical gender identity organization to open-ended questions about their experiences of secondary school. The aim was to develop an understanding of these young people's interaction with their peers. It became apparent that all but one of the participants had been bullied. In this context, participants reported difficulties in developing friendships, although each participant received support from at least one of their peers. Given the hostile school environment participants did not necessarily talk to these individuals about their experiences in relation to their gender identity. The clinical implications for working with young people on a developing gender identity, and the impact on their mental health, are considered.

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