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An assessment of intrapersonal and interpersonal resilience factors among trans people : a literature review and quantitative investigation

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  • The purpose of this dissertation was to demonstrate research scholarship using the American Psychological Association (APA) manuscript-style dissertation format, in accordance with Oregon State University Graduate School and Counseling Academic Unit guidelines. Chapter 1 provides explanation for how Chapters 2 and 3 are thematically linked manuscripts intended to extend professional literature in Counseling. Chapter 2 is a review of related literature titled: Shame, Thwarted Belonging, Self-Harm, and the Moderating Influence Resilience Protective Factors May Serve for Trans People: A Literature Review. From the foundation established in Chapter 2, Chapter 3 details a cross-sectional survey descriptive design titled: Assessing Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Resilience Factors among Trans People: A Descriptive Study. The purpose of this study was to examine the intrapersonal and interpersonal protective factors of resilience among trans people. Resilience of a diverse cross-section of trans people (N = 151) was measured by the Resiliency Scale for Adults (RSA). This 33-item, 5-point Likert scale, with response options ranging from 1 = strongly disagree to 5 = strongly agree, is comprised of three intrapersonal factors: Social Competence, Personal Competence, Structured Style; and two interpersonal factors: Social Resource and Family Cohesion. Findings indicate participants’ intrapersonal factors scores (M = 3.81, SD = 06) were significantly higher than their interpersonal factors scores (M = 3.47, SD = .48); t(301) = 14.06, p < .001 (d = .95). Results from this study, coupled with previous study findings, form a foundation upon which future studies of resilience among trans people may inform development and delivery of effective trans-specific support services and gender-affirming treatment approaches.
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