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Age of Transition and Family Acceptance

Purpose: The objective of this research study is to explore the relationship between the age of transition and family acceptance with individuals who identify as transgender. Hypothesis: If the age of transition is younger than 18, then transgender individuals are more likely to experience family acceptance. Methods: Secondary data from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (2010) was used to survey transgender and non-conforming individuals. Pearson’s r correlation was used to explore the relationship between age of transition and family acceptance. Results: There was a small, negative correlation between the two variables, r = –.16, n = 3043, p < .00, with higher age associated with less family acceptance. Discussion: This article discusses the benefits of its findings that can be useful to social workers.

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