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OR27-27-1

Understanding Internal Coping Processes of Trans-identified Individuals using Grounded Theory

[Speaker] Budge, Stephanie:1
[Co-author] Minero, Laura P:1
1:University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States of America)

This oral paper presents our findings on internal coping processes of trans-identified adults based on a study conducted in the Southern and Midwestern U.S. We defined trans individuals as persons who endorsed being assigned sexes during birth that are incongruent with their gender identities. In an effort to increase strengths-based perspectives of trans individuals' lived experiences, we examined the nature of facilitative coping processes of 15 trans participants. Using grounded theory, we analyzed participants' interview transcripts to identify significant themes about their facilitative coping processes. Specifically, we will highlight four themes of internally focused coping processes that emerged from the data; they are self-efficacy, self-acceptance, support acceptance, and utilization of agency. Self-efficacy and self-acceptance consist of six higher order categories each, support acceptance includes ten categories, and utilization of agency comprises five categories. Implications related to future research and clinical practice among trans individuals will be discussed.
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