Supporting Occupational Justice for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People Through Narrative-Informed Theater: A Mixed-Methods Feasibility Study

Sally Wasmuth, Bethany Leonhardt, Kevin Pritchard, Chih Ying Li, Annie DeRolf, Lisa Mahaffey

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Abstract

IMPORTANCE: Societal stigma gravely impedes occupational justice for transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people, producing vast health disparities for this population. OBJECTIVE: To test the feasibility of an intervention to reduce stigma and improve the well-being of TGNC people. DESIGN: A parallel, mixed-methods design was used to test feasibility in the areas of acceptability, demand, and limited efficacy. SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: Forty-two audience members and 5 TGNC interviewees. INTERVENTION: Virtual, narrative-informed play reading and moderated discussion about gender diversity and affirmative care. Outcomes and Measures: The valid and reliable Acceptance and Action Questionnaire-Stigma was used to assess stigma beliefs. An open-ended, qualitative question assessed TGNC interviewees' experiences. RESULTS: Recruitment and participant responses to the intervention indicated feasibility in the areas of acceptability, demand, and limited efficacy. However, future efforts at obtaining a diverse TGNC sample are needed. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: The intervention decreased stigma beliefs in audience members and offered a positive experience for TGNC participants. Feasibility outcomes warrant future efficacy testing. What This Article Adds: This article adds an innovative intervention for promoting occupational justice to support the health and well-being of TGNC people. The community-based intervention facilitates change in societal attitudes and stigmatizing beliefs.

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  • Occupational Therapy

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