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Exploring Gender Euphoria among young Non-binary Individuals

Odenthal, C.S.H. (2023) Exploring Gender Euphoria among young Non-binary Individuals.

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Abstract:Sexual gender minorities (SGM) often experience mental health disparities which can pose significant effects in later life. Especially transgender and non-binary individuals are reporting increased mental health disparities. Therefore, the study explores the mental health aspects of non-binary individuals by using generative participatory design, allowing for their active participation in the design process. In this study, the concept of gender euphoria was explored among seven 18 to 27-year-old non-binary individuals. Gender euphoria is a joyful feeling when an individual's gender identity is affirmed or aligned with one's gender expression. Two separate workshops were conducted, entailing multiple activities like open discussions and collective visioning. Thematic analysis was conducted to identify patterns in the transcript data and construct themes. The thematic analysis resulted in six themes, namely: 1) Pride and Self-Acceptance in Discovering and Embracing Gender Identity, 2) Finding Acceptance and Connection: How LGBTQIA+ Community Supports Non-Binary Individuals' Gender Euphoria, 3) Gender Euphoria: An Organic and positive Experience, 4) The complex dynamics and individual nature of gender euphoria and gender dysphoria, 5) The journey of Self-Discovery and Challenging Gender Norms 6) Overcoming Challenges in the Journey of Gender Exploration. The insights can inform the development of tailored eHealth interventions for non-binary individuals.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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