—UPDATE: SURVEY WILL CLOSE ON FEBRUARY 17—
Thank you thank you to everyone who took this and/or shared my survey assessing identity, body image, and well-being in people who have undergone a gender transition!!! I am really satisfied with our sample in almost every way, but like most studies of ppl who have transitioned, people of color are underrepresented. Right now, people identifying as white or caucasian make up a disproportionately large 80% of the participants. SO in this second push for participants, I’m really asking you to spread the word amongst people of color and POC, QPOC, TPOC organizations. I do not want to publish information gained from this study with the disclaimer that it only applies to certain race groups. The experiences of people of color who live as a gender different than their sex assigned at birth are often not included in narratives and research, and I’m asking you to help this study be inclusive of these experiences. It’s incredibly important. Thank you!
I’m pasting the post from last time with the official recruitment language below. PLEASE send to bloggers, tweet, repost here, email friends, post to facebook.
Hello everyone! I successfully survived my first semester as a doctoral student and have already been launched into many research projects!
I’m really excited about a project I’ve developed and am launching right now. I’m using an anonymous online survey to study the identity, body image, and emotional well-being of people who have undergone a gender transition (people who live as a gender that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth). The implications of this study could potentially be huge in the field of counseling psychology and will hopefully impact people’s experiences with therapists and psychologists. You must be 18 to complete the survey. The official recruitment letter and the link for the survey are pasted below. Please spread far and wide. Successful results require a large number of responses!
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To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Sebastian Barr and I am currently conducting a research project under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Budge as part of my doctoral program. This project explores well-being in individuals who have undergone a gender transition (including but not limited to people who identify as female, male, genderqueer, transgender female, transgender male, stealth, binary, non-binary). To qualify for the study, participants must have undergone some degree of a social and/or medical gender transition (for many participants this can be phrased as living as a gender different from the sex they were assigned at birth) and be over the age of 18. Participation involves completing an online questionnaire that will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
The information collected may or may not benefit you directly; however, you will have the opportunity to reflect on a range of life experiences and emotions (both seemingly related and unrelated to transition). Some people may find this to be helpful. Additionally, the information learned in this study may be helpful to others in understanding how different approaches to individuals’ identities can result in higher levels of well-being. This could lead to important applications in therapy and counseling.
It is important to us that the research reflects the wide range of identities and experiences of those who have gone through a gender transition, so we strongly encourage the participation of individuals who are often left out of other studies, e.g., those who live stealth or do not identify as transgender and people with non-binary identities.
If you are interested in being a part of this study, you can complete the questionnaire here:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TransitionAndIdentityStudy.
If you have any questions, please contact Sebastian Barr at email@example.com or Stephanie Budge,firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sebastian Mitchell Barr
Doctoral Student, Counseling Psychology
Educational and Counseling Psychology
University of Louisville