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Presentation or Panel Title

Undergraduate Students Pursuing Healthcare Professions Attitude Towards Transgender Individuals: The Implications of Exposure and Education

Location

Guzman Lecture Hall

Start Date

4-14-2016 6:00 PM

End Date

4-14-2016 7:00 PM

Department

Psychology

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Afshin Gharib, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

There is a growing body of research which attests to the discrimination transgendered individual’s face in society. Transgendered individuals are particularly at risk for discrimination in the healthcare setting, with providers lacking the experience and the knowledge necessary to meet the transgendered client’s needs. This is concerning due to the violence targeted at and the high depression and suicide rates found in the transgendered community. This study aims to examine the level of exposure to transgendered people students planning to pursue work in healthcare and other helping professions receive. There will be about 90 students who will take part in the survey, they will be recruited from classes at a small liberal arts university in northern California, the researcher’s Facebook page and public online forums targeted at healthcare students. The participants will range from 17-65 years of age. The studies first goal will be to establish whether students explored the topic of transgendered individuals in any of their courses, if they were personally acquainted with a transgendered individual or had sought out other means of education on the topic (seminars, additional classes outside of their university). Secondly, the study will use the Genderism and Transphobia Scale (Hill & Willoughby, 2005), the Attitudes towards Transgender Scale (Walch, 2012), and the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Knowledge and Attitudes Scale for Heterosexuals (Worthington, Dillon & Becker-Schuttle, 2005). It is hypothesized that those participants who have had more exposure to transgendered issues in classes and who know transgendered individuals will score higher on measures of acceptance of transgendered people. This research explores whether the next generation of healthcare providers is equipped to address the evolving nature of healthcare, and the diverse geriatric population they were inevitably be caring for as the baby boomers decline. Data collection and analysis will be complete by the end of February 2016.

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Undergraduate Students Pursuing Healthcare Professions Attitude Towards Transgender Individuals: The Implications of Exposure and Education

Guzman Lecture Hall

There is a growing body of research which attests to the discrimination transgendered individual’s face in society. Transgendered individuals are particularly at risk for discrimination in the healthcare setting, with providers lacking the experience and the knowledge necessary to meet the transgendered client’s needs. This is concerning due to the violence targeted at and the high depression and suicide rates found in the transgendered community. This study aims to examine the level of exposure to transgendered people students planning to pursue work in healthcare and other helping professions receive. There will be about 90 students who will take part in the survey, they will be recruited from classes at a small liberal arts university in northern California, the researcher’s Facebook page and public online forums targeted at healthcare students. The participants will range from 17-65 years of age. The studies first goal will be to establish whether students explored the topic of transgendered individuals in any of their courses, if they were personally acquainted with a transgendered individual or had sought out other means of education on the topic (seminars, additional classes outside of their university). Secondly, the study will use the Genderism and Transphobia Scale (Hill & Willoughby, 2005), the Attitudes towards Transgender Scale (Walch, 2012), and the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Knowledge and Attitudes Scale for Heterosexuals (Worthington, Dillon & Becker-Schuttle, 2005). It is hypothesized that those participants who have had more exposure to transgendered issues in classes and who know transgendered individuals will score higher on measures of acceptance of transgendered people. This research explores whether the next generation of healthcare providers is equipped to address the evolving nature of healthcare, and the diverse geriatric population they were inevitably be caring for as the baby boomers decline. Data collection and analysis will be complete by the end of February 2016.