What are the relationship experiences of in which one member identifies as transgender? A systematic review and meta-ethnography

Nicola Gunby, Catherine Butler

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Abstract

Transgender individuals and their partners may face unique challenges that other couples do not. These unique challenges merit investigation, understanding and consideration by systemic practitioners in order to provide a culturally attuned service for transgender clients. A systematic review of the literature into the experiences of couples in which one member is transgender identified 22 qualitative papers. A translation and synthesis of constructs from these papers utilising a meta-ethnographic approach generated a number of third order constructs organised into nine overarching themes. These themes included experiences of stigma and discrimination, issues of power, privilege, visibility and identity, and experiences of dissonance and dysphoria that required adjustments and negotiations on the personal and relationship levels. Implications for practice and avenues for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-196
JournalJournal of Family Therapy
Volume45
Issue number2
Early online date29 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2023
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This was unfunded research, and as it was a systematic literature review, it did not require ethical approval. Open access funding enabled and organized by ProjektDEAL.

Keywords

  • couples
  • gender
  • gender diversity
  • relationships
  • trans
  • transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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