Between Vulnerability and Resilience: Parents of Transgender Young Adults

Maya Tsfati, Yochay Nadan

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This study explores the lived experiences of Israeli parents of transgender young adults, depicting gender diversity as a family-relational phenomenon. The analysis of 18 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with Israeli parents of trans young adults suggests that the parents’ experiences were characterized by a dialectic between feelings of vulnerability and resilience. The parents’ vulnerability was shaped by their social positioning as a minority group as well as their socio-political environment, and their ability to cope with these hardships enhanced their resilience. As the parents developed their resilience through meaning-making, social support, and activism, they gained a new sense of agency alongside a deep sense of vulnerability, suggesting that vulnerability and resilience are not objective, opposite binaries but rather fluid categories that are continually constructed through the intersection of micro- and macro-level factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)926-940
Number of pages15
JournalFamily Process
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Gender nonconformity
  • Intersectionality
  • Parenthood
  • Resilience
  • Transgender
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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