What is it about?

Research evidence suggests that education can play an important role in a family’s acceptance and support of a trans(gender) young person. However, there is a lack of robust evidence around the impact of education programs for these families. This article reports the findings of a mixed methods evaluation of an online education program developed for families of trans young people.

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Why is it important?

The survey findings revealed a statistically significant increase in knowledge scores from the pre-education program to post-education program. Interview participants felt the education program was accessible and easy-to-use and the majority reported learning about trans-related issues from the program.


GenderEd.ie was designed to address the information needs of families of trans young people. The results of the mixed methods evaluation indicate that the program achieved its purpose by positively impacting participants’ trans-related knowledge. Furthermore, participants found the program to be easily accessible and useful and they would recommend it to other families of trans young people. The evaluation has demonstrated that an education program has the potential to help positively support families and trans young people.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Gender Affirmative Education Program for Families of Trans Young People, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, May 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/1550428x.2019.1614504.
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