Exploring an Unmapped Intersection: A Study on the Medical Experiences of Autistic Transgender Adolescents and Young Adults

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SEEKING PARENT/GUARDIAN AND PROVIDER PARTICIPANTS AS WELL AS INDIVIDUALS!

I am a PhD student at UMass Boston conducting a research study on the experiences of young people who are both autistic and transgender. I want to understand how young people think about autism and gender identity, and how autistic transgender adolescents and young adults engage with medical providers.

To explore this subject, I am interested in talking to 3 groups of people:
– young people (aged 14-26) who are autistic and transgender
– parents or guardians of autistic transgender young people
– healthcare providers, including mental health professionals, who administer gender transition-related care to adolescents and/or young adults

If you are interested in participating in this study, please click on the project website to learn more.
https://www.trans-autistic-youth-study.com/

Participation in the study involves a 60-minute in-person interview. All participants will receive a $10 Amazon gift card to thank them for their time.

***If you are a minor, consent from your guardian is required for your participation in this study.***

After the interview you will be asked to fill out a brief demographic survey. Participation in this survey is optional and does not affect the collection or use of your interview.

After participating in the study, you will also be given the option to participate in a follow-up correspondence via paper mail to discuss the study findings. This follow-up will be organized after the data collection phase of the study.

All responses to this study are confidential and participants will not be personally identified in any products or materials associated with the project.

If you have any questions about the study or would like to participate, you or your guardian can call or text the researcher, Caro Narby, at 781-315-2062 or contact me by email at caroline.narby@gmail.com. To determine eligibility, potential participants or their guardians will have to answer a few questions in a brief screening call.