On the outside looking in: Trans identity experiences in and through UK sport participation

Gibbs-Nicholls, Sophie and Mellick, Mikel (2022) On the outside looking in: Trans identity experiences in and through UK sport participation. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 17 (1). pp. 87-100. ISSN 17454980

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Using interpretative phenomenological analysis, this study utilised semi-structured interviews with five trans participants in sport to explore their lived experiences of ‘inclusive’ sport participation. The potential role for sport psychologists in promoting and supporting trans sports participants’ overall sense of perceived inclusion and belonging was also considered. Analysis revealed three core themes: the experience of personal acceptance of identity and social inclusion, the ‘internal’ battle between identity and expression, and the changing role that sport played during gender affirmation as a facilitative and or debilitative coping resource. The findings indicate areas in which sport psychologists can better support and enhance the gender affirmation experience of trans participants in sport by improving feelings of inclusiveness (social support), a sense of acceptance and promoting overall mental wellbeing. This research is particularly useful for practitioners, coaches and other athletes for understanding the supportive role sport can play throughout the gender affirmation process.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Transgender, transitions, sport, inclusion, IPA
Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 11 May 2022 11:44
Last Modified: 11 May 2022 11:44
URI: https://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17702

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