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Shedding Light on Thirteen Years of Darkness: Content Analysis of Articles Pertaining to Transgender Issues In Marriage/Couple and Family Therapy Journals

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  • Markie L. C. Blumer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Mary S. Green, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Sciences, Family Therapy Component, Texas Woman’s University; Sarah J. Knowles, MS, Graduate of Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; April Williams, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Texas Woman’s University.

  • A special thanks to librarian, Jimmie Harris of Texas Woman’s University, for her diligent work in preparing reference lists of all journals included in this study. Additional gratitude is extended to Juan M. Barbachano, MS, Private Practice, Anchorage, Alaska, for his expertise on transgenderism and transgender issues, which helped to guide related content.

Address correspondence to Markie L. C. Blumer, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Box 453045, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-3045; E-mail: markie.blumer@unlv.edu

Abstract

What is the extent to which marriage/couple and family therapy (M/CFT) journals address transgender issues and how many of them say they are inclusive of transgender persons when they are not? To answer these queries, a content analysis was conducted on articles published in M/CFT literature from 1997 through 2009. Of the 10,739 articles examined in 17 journals, only nine (0.0008%) focused on transgender issues or used gender variance as a variable. Findings support the assertion that transgender issues are ignored and marginalized by M/CFT scholars and researchers alike.

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