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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalitiesInternational perspectives in social work$
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Julie Fish and Kate Karban

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.001.0001

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Maximising research outcomes for trans children and their families in Canada

Maximising research outcomes for trans children and their families in Canada

using social action and other participatory methods of inquiry

(p.223) Thirteen Maximising research outcomes for trans children and their families in Canada
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities

Annie Pullen Sansfaçon

Kimberley Ens Manning

Policy Press

Media coverage of ‘trans children’ has dramatically increased over the past years. This may be due to a heightening awareness about the issue. Indeed between 2.3% to 8.3%, engage in varying degrees of cross-gender dress and behaviour, and that a small number of them will end up following through with gender change interventions later on in their lives. Few options exist to support the needs of those children. This is alarming since they form a particularly vulnerable group, especially as targets for “gendered harassment” in schools and self-harm, including suicide. This chapter will explore how the Social Action Methodology allows for data collection while addressing problems, taking action for change, and empowering specific groups of participants, in that case, parents, educators and professionals working with “trans children”. What is distinctive about the methodology is that it is lead by the Self-Directed Groupwork a Social Work method, out of which data emerges as a secondary but important and effective outcome. As such it takes forward ideas of participatory action research beyond an emphasis on involving research subject as co-participants in the research process to affect change in their communities.

Keywords:   self-directed groupwork, social action methodology, gender nonconformity, affirming environments

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