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Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative
Gender & Feminist Psychology
Charlotte Tate, San Francisco State University
Similarities in Self-Categorization Dynamics for Transgender Spectrum and Cisgender Adults
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
4448 East Hall
Much of the clinical and gender studies literature has focused on the differences between transgender spectrum and cisgender experiences of self-categorization. In this talk, I examine the potential similarities in self-categorization structure for trans* and cis respondents from a personality perspective. This work is an extension of my recently published review paper in Review of General Psychology (Tate, Youssef, & Bettergarcia, 2014). Specifically, I discuss my lab's work on the felt-sense of gender self-categorization—which we operationalize as the amount of self and discrete gender category overlap across multiple gender categories. Results from three studies show that these self-category overlap ratings are the only measures that recover adults’ self-categorizations as female, male, or nonbinary. Furthermore, this overlap measure outperforms other measures associated with gender identity, such as self-rated gender typicality and gender identity importance. Crucially, this self-gender-category overlap measure works equally well for binary respondents (i.e., women and men across cis or trans profiles) and thereby suggests a fundamental similarity in the self-categorization structures of female and male. Finally, I also detail the use of this measure for two different types of nonbinary respondents (i.e., genderblended and post-gender).
Presented by the Department of Women's Studies, Psychology, and the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative at IRWG.