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Transgender and the Transpersonal: an Introduction and a Call for Research

Buckler, Scott and Gates, J. (2019) Transgender and the Transpersonal: an Introduction and a Call for Research. Transpersonal Psychology Review, 21 (1). pp. 40-46. ISSN Print: 1366-6991 Online: 2396-9636

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While a tradition of research in relation to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) community and religiosity, there is a paucity of research relating to spirituality. Additionally, classifying such ‘non-conforming’ groups into a general classification has inherent problems, specifically in relation to transgender more likely to engage in spirituality opposed to religion that other groups. With the high prevalence of personal distress and harm to mental wellbeing experienced by individuals identifying as transgender, especially with the increased risk of suicide attempts, effective support and counselling are required. Such existential crisis could potentially be addressed through greater engagement with spirituality: indeed, several cultures identify transgender as relating to spirituality. This paper explores transgender and spiritual identity in different cultures, while highlighting research in the more secular society, culminating in an evaluation of various models which may provide spiritual support to help integrate the predominant dysphoria between mind and body, through engaging the spirit to harmonise the conflict.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: transgender, spirituality, transpersonal, LGBT/LGBTQI+, non-binary
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Scott Buckler
Date Deposited: 28 May 2019 08:20
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021 12:40

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