Investigating the social integration and wellbeing of transgender individuals : A meta-synthesis
Stewart, Lauryn, O'Halloran, Paul and Oates, Jennifer. (2017). Investigating the social integration and wellbeing of transgender individuals : A meta-synthesis. International Journal of Transgenderism. 19(1), pp. 46-58. https://doi.org/10.1080/15532739.2017.1364199
|Authors||Stewart, Lauryn, O'Halloran, Paul and Oates, Jennifer|
Introduction: There is growing literature about the experiences of social integration and wellbeing of transgender individuals. However, there has been no synthesis across this body of research. Accordingly, the aim of this review was to aggregate, interpret, and synthesize findings from qualitative studies pertaining to the social integration and wellbeing of transgender individuals.
Methods: This study synthesized findings from 18 qualitative and mixed method studies which had explored the social integration and wellbeing of transgender individuals, using Noblit and Hare's meta-ethnography method. The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme was also used to appraise the 18 included studies.
Results: Data from the included 18 individual studies ranged from moderate to strong in quality. Data analysis revealed five major themes which influenced transgender individuals' daily lives. These were gender transition and disclosing gender identity, health and self-isolation, living with stigma and discrimination: health care, leisure and work, the importance of relationships, and last, overcoming adversity: stories of what can work.
Conclusion: This meta-synthesis reinforces many preconceived notions about transgender individuals. These include being at high risk of social exclusion, experiencing discrimination and stigma across many social situations, and last, being at high risk of poor wellbeing. This study also found that there is further need for studies that investigate the self-isolation of transgender individuals as well as this group's relationship and experiences with health care professionals and providers.
|Keywords||meta-synthesis; review; social integration; transgender; wellbeing|
|Journal||International Journal of Transgenderism|
|Journal citation||19 (1), pp. 46-58|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/15532739.2017.1364199|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|Online||08 Sep 2017|
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|Deposited||18 Aug 2022|
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