EXPLORING THE ROLES OF PERCEIVED GENDER IDENTITY DISCRIMINATION AND POST-TRAUMATIC COGNITIONS ON POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS SYMPTOMS AND FLOURISHING AMONG TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS

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2021-10-5
Barburoğlu, Yusuf
The purpose of this study is to explore the relations of negative cognitions (about the self and the world) and perceived discrimination (individual and group discrimination) to post-traumatic stress symptoms and flourishing among transgender individuals. The study’s target population was individuals who experience their gender identity under the transgender umbrella term consisted of experiences such as; trans women, trans men, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid, bigender, pangender, agender, crossdresser in Turkey. A sample consisted of 140 self-identified transgender adults was reached by purposeful sampling. The data were collected by using an online survey set consisting of Demographic Information Form, Perceived Discrimination Scale (PDS), Post-Traumatic Cognitions Scale (PTCS), The National Stressful Events Survey for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Short Scale (NSESSS-PTSD), and Flourishing Scale (FS). The current study’s research design is quantitative correlational design, and hierarchical linear regression analysis was used to answer the research questions. The results showed that negative cognitions about the self and the world and perceived individual discrimination significantly predicted post-traumatic stress symptoms of transgender individuals, while perceived group discrimination and the joint effects of the independent variables did not. Secondly, the results showed that negative cognitions about the self and perceived individual discrimination significantly predicted low flourishing of transgender individuals while perceived group discrimination, negative cognitions about the world, and the joint effects of independent variables did not. These results are discussed in the light of psychological trauma and psychological well-being literature. The implications were presented for mental health professionals, university and faculty administrations, and non-governmental organizations.

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Y. Barburoğlu, “EXPLORING THE ROLES OF PERCEIVED GENDER IDENTITY DISCRIMINATION AND POST-TRAUMATIC COGNITIONS ON POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS SYMPTOMS AND FLOURISHING AMONG TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.