Parenting Transgender Children in PFLAG
Parents of transgender children (N = 14) recounted four ways in which their parenting experiences were more difficult and isolating than those of other parents of a national GLBT support organization: the physical changes their children undergo, the lack of media representations of transgender lives, the effect of their child's gender transition on their identity as a parent, and the tensions involved in their child's successful transition in public settings. Parental isolation may be alleviated, however, by recognizing four unrecognized similarities shared among parents of GLBT children: adjusting to changes in their child's appearance, the process of grief and mourning, the tendency to hierarchically rank parental difficulties, and fears of being a bad parent. The isolation faced by parents of transgender children is imposed not only by antitrans prejudice and lack of information, but also by the unacknowledged and undiscussed ways in which a child's gender transition affects parental gender identities.
Field, Taylor L., and Greggor Mattson. 2016. "Parenting Transgender Children in PFLAG." Journal of GLBT Family Studies.
Taylor & Francis
Journal of GLBT Family Studies
Transgender, Gender identity, Familial relationships, Parenting, Qualitative research