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A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Gender Affirmative Education Program for Families of Trans Young People

Sharek, D., McCann, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3548-4204 & Huntley-Moore, S. (2020). A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Gender Affirmative Education Program for Families of Trans Young People. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 16(1), pp. 18-31. doi: 10.1080/1550428x.2019.1614504


Research evidence suggests that education can play an important role in a family’s acceptance and support of a trans(gender) young person. However, there is a lack of robust evidence around the impact of education programs for these families. This article reports the findings of a mixed-methods evaluation of an online education program developed for families of trans young people. Surveys were administered before and after participation in the education program to assess the impact of the program on several measures, including trans-related knowledge, self-reflection and insight, family problem-solving, family communication, self-efficacy, and views of gender identity. Interviews were used to explore family members’ experiences of the program, its perceived impact, and recommendations for further development. The survey findings revealed a statistically significant increase in knowledge scores from the pre-education program to post-education program. Interview participants felt the education program was accessible and easy to use and the majority reported learning about trans-related issues from the program. Fewer participants reported developing skills around self-reflection, problem-solving, and communication following participation in the program. The findings from this evaluation add to the evidence base concerning the efficacy of education for families of trans young people, with further implications and recommendations highlighted.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Journal of GLBT Family Studies. Penelope Strauss, Angus Cook, Sam Winter, Vanessa Watson, Dani Wright Toussaint, Ashleigh Lin. (2020) Mental Health Issues and Complex Experiences of Abuse Among Trans and Gender Diverse Young People: Findings from Trans Pathways. LGBT Health 7:3, pages 128-136.. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: Education, evaluation, family, intervention, mixed methods, transgender
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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