The development of an evidence-based education resource for families of transgender young people in the Republic of Ireland: A PhD study

Danika Sharek

Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing & Midwifery

Danika Sharek is a final year PhD student within the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Nursing & Midwifery. Her PhD research focuses on exploring the education needs of families of people who are transgender and is funded by the Irish Research Council. Her supervisors are Dr. Edward McCann and Sylvia Huntley-Moore, both within the TCD School of Nursing & Midwifery. Danika holds an MSc in Applied Social Research (TCD), a H.Dip. in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (TCD), and a BA in Sociology (Boston College). Her previous positions include: research assistant at TCD and the Children’s Research Centre; research administrator at the National Centre for the Protection of Older People; and a research placement with the Department of Children & Youth Affairs. Danika has been involved in writing a number of reports and peer-reviewed publications. Her research interests include LGBTI issues, mental health, and education.

Background

Within the Republic of Ireland (ROI), the importance of addressing the needs of transgender people is highlighted in several recent reports and policy developments. Furthermore, recent research within the ROI has demonstrated... [ view full abstract ]

Aim(s)

Therefore, this PhD study aims to address this gap in the research by exploring the education needs of families of transgender young people in the ROI and how to best address these needs. The objectives are: to identify the... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

This study is guided by Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), a research approach that emphasises partnerships between the researcher and stakeholders in the community. Within this study, partner organisations have... [ view full abstract ]

Methods

Results

The consultation phase underscored the importance of education and information for families of transgender young people in the ROI. It highlighted the role that education plays in a family’s ability to make sense of,... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

This PhD study aims to explore and address the education needs of families of transgender young people in the ROI. To date, the study’s findings have demonstrated the importance of education for families of transgender young... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

Danika Sharek (Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing & Midwifery), Edward McCann (Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing & Midwifery), Sylvia Huntley-Moore (Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Children and adolescents

Session

PS-2 » E-Posters Mental Health (1) (16:30 - Thursday, 6th April, Exhibition Hall)

Presentation Files

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