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CS27-01-1

Recognition of sexual and gender diversity related vocabulary among Japanese clinical psychology graduate students

[Speaker] Toguchi, Takuya:1
1:Hyogo University of Teacher Education (Japan)

In this presentation, I share the results of a study I conducted concerned with the recognition of sexual and gender diversity related vocabulary among Japanese clinical psychology graduate students. Recognizing vocabulary implies the possession of knowledge. It facilitates understanding of other people, and increases motivation to assist the people it concerns. The students (N = 61) were asked to rate their vocabulary in gender/sexuality terminology (15 items) and categories of gender/sexual identities (60 items). The results revealed that students were most familiar with the terminology: “sex” (“sekkusu”), “gender” (“jenda”), and “gender identity” (“seidoitsusei”); and the categories: “homosexual” (“doseiai”), “lesbian” (“rezubian”), “gay” (“gei”), “bisexual” (“ryoseiai”), “heterosexual” (“iseiai”), “gender identity disorder” (“seidoitsuseishogai”). “Sexual-orientation” (“sekushuaru-orienteshon”) was less well recognized, as were categories of gender/sexual identities rarely mentioned in the Japanese media, such as “polyamory” (“poriamori”) and “cisgender” (“shisujenda”). I discuss the results with regards to the Japanese social context.
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