Author(s)

Arielle Walzer

Date Approved

6-18-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Allen, Terri

Subject(s)

Transgender people;School psychologists

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

Transgender students face harassment and discrimination in schools, and those who experience such maltreatment are at a higher risk of attempting suicide and other negative outcomes. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has called upon school psychologists to be advocates for transgender students, yet school psychologists receive little or no training in this area. The Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward Transgender Students Survey was created and distributed to members of the New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland state associations for school psychologists. Although previous studies suggest that a person's attitude toward transgender people is affected by age and gender, no significant differences in scores on the survey were found between different age groups and genders. Scores for those who said they were familiar with NASP's position on transgender students were significantly higher than those who were not familiar with it. Implications and future directions for research are discussed.

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