Sally Wasmuth, Bethany Leonhardt, Kevin Pritchard, Chih-Ying Li, Annie DeRolf, Lisa Mahaffey; Supporting Occupational Justice for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People Through Narrative-Informed Theater: A Mixed-Methods Feasibility Study. Am J Occup Ther 2021;75(4):7504180080. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2021.045161
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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.
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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