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2019

Adolescence

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Rural Transgender And Gender-Nonconforming Individuals' Experiences With Social Media During Adolescence, Heather Lynn Anderson Jan 2019

Rural Transgender And Gender-Nonconforming Individuals' Experiences With Social Media During Adolescence, Heather Lynn Anderson

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

Suicide attempt and completion rates are significantly higher for the transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) population. TGNC adolescents experience many challenges and adversities, which are compounded when they live in rural communities. The lived experiences of rural TGNC adolescents with social media were unknown and created a gap in the research. This study was grounded in transgender, gender minority stress, and resiliency theories, along with the conceptual frameworks of rural communities and grit. The purpose of this descriptive phenomenological qualitative research study was to explore the lived experiences of rural TGNC individuals (18-24-year-olds) with social media during adolescence. Data was collected ...