The impact on relationships following disclosure of transgenderism: a wife’s tale.

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Watts, Carol, Collier, Elizabeth, Ashmore, Russell and Watts, Pippa 2017. The impact on relationships following disclosure of transgenderism: a wife’s tale. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12371
AuthorsWatts, Carol, Collier, Elizabeth, Ashmore, Russell and Watts, Pippa
Abstract

What is known on the subject?
• The experiences of transgender people are becoming increasingly more visible in popular culture, biographical literature and the media.

• The topic has received little attention within the psychiatric and mental health nursing literature.

• There is a paucity of literature exploring the impact on relationships following a disclosure of transgenderism.

What does this paper add to existing knowledge?
• A narrative account of the consequences for the wife of one transwoman and their relationships with friends and family following the disclosure of transgenderism.

• The article identifies a range of issues that require further attention in relation to healthcare provision. These include the: mental health needs of partners and spouses; attitudes of healthcare professionals towards transgender issues; and the adequacy of the formal support offered to partners and spouses of transgender people.

What are the implications for practice?
• There is a need for healthcare practitioners to explore their understanding of transgender issues and how these may impact on the mental health of partners and spouses.

• It is important that healthcare professionals provide a hopeful and supportive environment to enable couples to explore their relationships following disclosure of transgenderism.

Keywordsgender; narratives; sexuality; stigma; user involvement
Year2017
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
PublisherWiley
ISSN1351-0126
1365-2850
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12371
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623434
hdl:10545/623434
Publication dates19 May 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Jan 2019, 16:00
Accepted24 Jan 2017
ContributorsUniversity of Salford
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