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dc.contributor.advisorGiuffre, Patti
dc.contributor.authorCasarez, Katherine ( )
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-10T19:37:29Z
dc.date.available2018-08-10T19:37:29Z
dc.date.issued2018-04-18
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/7469
dc.description.abstractTransgender and gender nonconforming individuals face obstacles throughout their lives connected to mislabeling and limitations placed on their affirmed gender identity and expression. Prior research by gender and medical scholars focuses on the stigma and discrimination these individuals face when interacting with medical professionals. However, one area that has been overlooked by sociologists is the impact of marginalization when receiving sexual and reproductive health care. This is a vital setting because it highlights the conflation of sex and gender by medical professionals and the unique challenges faced by non-binary individuals in these particular environments. Moving the discussion forward in this area, this thesis examined the sexual and reproductive health care experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, focusing on the interactions between patients and medical staff. I conducted in-depth interviews of individuals who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming and asked about their experiences when accessing sexual and reproductive health care. The findings suggest that transgender and gender nonconforming individuals encounter obstacles that mitigate opportunities to receive adequate sexual and reproductive health care, including poorly-trained medical staff, limited financial assistance, and insufficient sexual health education. To address these issues, significant attention must be given to the limitations of labels, mutual participation in medical encounters, and a restructuring of medical education and practices for health professionals.
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent76 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectTransgender
dc.subjectGender nonconforming
dc.subjectGender non-binary
dc.subjectHealthcare
dc.subjectReproductive health
dc.subjectSexual health
dc.subject.lcshDiscrimination in medical careen_US
dc.subject.lcshSexual minoritiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshTransgender people--Medical careen_US
dc.subject.lcshGender nonconformity--Medical careen_US
dc.subject.lcshReproductive healthen_US
dc.titlePatients as People: Addressing the Barriers to Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAnderson, Audwin
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLuizzi, Vincent
thesis.degree.departmentSociology
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
txstate.departmentSociology


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