Relationship between gender identity and adverse childhood experiences
Master of Social Work
School for Social Work
Gender identity, Psychic trauma in children, Trauma, Adverse childhood experiences, Clinical formulation
It has been established that individuals with transgender* identities experience abuse and trauma at higher frequencies than individuals with non-transgender identities (Mascis, 2011). Gender dysphoria currently exists as a mental health diagnosis, perpetuating stigma as well as pathologizing gender variance. Clinical social workers have preserved a harmful formulation that gender dysphoria is a disorder caused by trauma. There has been scarce quantitative research to date exploring a relationship between transgender identities and adverse childhood experiences. This study aims to: (1) contribute to a foundation of introductory quantitative research on how childhood experiences interact with gender identity, (2) examine the frequency of ACE scores relative to current gender identity, and (3) provide insight to topics with acute need of further clinical exploration. Although this study does not yield statistically significant findings, it does offer sound evidence in support of continued attention to gender identity and childhood experiences within clinical social work research.
Malone, Liam P., "Gender identity and childhood experiences : an introductory quantitative study of the relationship between gender identity and adverse childhood experiences" (2017). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.