Transgender Identity Development (Evans et al., 2010)

Brief Overview
Printable Summary (PDF)

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Stages, Levels, Phases, and Components of the Theory

Stages, Levels, Phases, and Components of the Theory:  

  • Exiting a traditionally gendered identity – An individual understand the role of gender as an identity
  • Developing a personal transgender identity – An individuals identification as it relations to the transgender community
  • Developing a transgender social identity – an individual forms a support group and recognizes them as such during this identity development
  • Becoming a transgender offspring -An individual’s process of proclaiming his or her identity to their parents/guardians and the consequent reactions
  • Developing a transgender intimacy status – an individual’s positive self-concept allows him or her to share this identity and the rest of themselves with a partner
  • Entering a transgender community – An individual’s positive self-concept allows them to join the community in political and social actions and beliefs.
Application of Theory to Practice

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Annotations of Associated Literature

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