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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



Committee Chair

James Murphy

Committee Member

Laura R Marks

Committee Member

LaTasha R Holden


The present study is a qualitative analysis of interviews with gender diverse community members about existing treatment conditions for gender diverse adults and potential suggestions for tailoring care to better reach and retain gender diverse populations. Eleven transgender and gender diverse (TGD) participants, aged 18-64, who had considered or participated in substance use treatment completed a brief questionnaire and an interview that explored their substance use histories and treatment experiences. Interviews were then reviewed and coded by a team of graduate students using Braun and Clarke’s (2006) guidelines. Interview data was coded into four overarching themes including barriers, problems, successes, and recommendations and then further categorized into 23 related subthemes. Results suggest a lack of accessible, affirming services for TGD community members seeking help with substance use. Participant recommendations emphasized the importance of developing and disseminating culturally responsive care that addresses the unique needs and strengths of the TGD community.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest


Open Access