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Experience of Loss Among Parents/Family of TGNC Individuals
Gonzalez, K. A., Rostosky, S. S., Odom, R. D., & Riggle, E. D. B. (2013). The positive aspects
of being the parent of an LGBTQ child. Family Process, 52, 325-337.
Gonzalez and colleagues conducted an online survey of parents of children who
identified as LGBTQ. Parents were asked open-ended questions in order to identify what
they perceived to be the positive aspects being a parent to an LGBTQ child. Five primary
themes were identified: personal growth, positive emotions, activism, social connection,
and closer relationships with both the child and within the family. Numerous excerpts
from the surveys were used to illustrate each of the five themes. The article concludes
with possible therapeutic implications of these themes, such as providing parents with
positive models.
Malaps, J. (2011). Between pink and blue: A multi-dimensional family approach to gender
nonconforming children and their families. Family Process, 50, 453-470.
Malaps explores some of the ways in which parents react to their child’s gender
nonconformity. The bulk of this article consists of interventions based in a variety of
therapeutic modalities that are aimed at supporting the parents of prepubescent gender
nonconforming youth. Some interventions discussed include parental coaching and multifamily groups. Many of the interventions are accompanied by clinical vignettes.
Norwood, K. (2012). Transitioning meanings? Family members’ communicative strategies
surrounding transgender identity. Journal of Family Communication, 12, 75-92.
Norwood studied how family members communicate about their child’s transgender
identity as well as the transition itself. Data for this study was collected from two online
support forums for family members and spouses/partners of transgender individuals. Data
analysis helped to identify three areas of “dialectical struggle:” Presence vs. Absence,
Sameness vs. Differences, and Self vs. Other. Norwood explores each of these areas indepth, providing qualitative examples from the forums. The first two areas of struggle
were identified as impacting family members of transgender children, particularly in their
experience of ambiguous loss. Norwood concludes by describing possible limitations as
well as directions for future research.
Norwood, K. (2013). Grieving gender: Trans-identities, transition, and ambiguous loss.
Communication Monographs, 80, 24-45.
Norwood attempts to identify the aspects of a sex/gender transition that lead to family
members struggling to make meaning. She also explores how struggles in meaning
making are connected to experiences of ambiguous loss, which can leave families feeling
that the transition is a sort of living death for their child. Norwood’s literature review
explores the ways that a person’s cultural understanding of the meaning of sex/gender can

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htm Local Resources Perpetual Transition is a transgender support and social group. Wahlig. She proposes the use of an Lauren’s Playground offers a page. news. Wahlig concluded by offering suggestions for how this framework can be applied in both research and practice. and open to transgender people of any variety. “Support for Significant Others and Family.” http://www. Wahlig provides a review of often-used “stages of grief” framework for conceptualizing and working with parents of transgender children and highlights some of the limitations of this particular framework.2 impact their response to transition. their partners.278. articles.9:00 pm Location: Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) 892 S. forums. J. http://www. Cooper St. Wahlig explores experiences of grief and loss among parents of transgender children who have started their transition.. Parents have attended these meetings in the past and the members have made an effort to connect them with the best people to support them in their journey. existing framework. to guide clinicians who are working with these parents.lauras-playground.6422 Therapist Reference List The MGLCC has compiled a list of local mental health professionals who have experience provide counseling for trans individuals. confidential. Losing the child they thought they had: Therapeutic suggestions for an ambiguous loss perspective with parents of a transgender child. L. and families. books. Analysis of the interviews led to the identification of four different ways in which the transition were framed.” that provides links a chat room. Meeting Time: Mondays from community forums. It is safe. and articles. . She also provides justification for her use of Rational Dialectics Theory in her study. She asserts that the difficulties some parents face as their child transitions may be a result of experiencing ambiguous loss. Journal of GLBT Family Studies. grounded in work on ambiguous loss. siblings and/or children) and intimate partners of trans* people. and more. TN Phone Number: 901. Online Resources Susan’s Place: Transgender Resources provides chat rooms. 22p. She considers how the seven key assumptions of the ambiguous loss framework can be applied specifically to this population. The Significant Others Talk forums is “A place for support of the family (parents. Memphis. each of which was supported by excerpts from the interviews. Norwood discusses the results of her interviews with 37 individuals who identified as family members of a transitioning person. (2014). In her paper.

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