Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Academic Discipline

Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Bradley Olson

Second Advisor

Dr. Tiffeny Jimenez

Third Advisor

Dr. Margaret Warner


The focus in this research was on the experience of social anxiety associated with people with gender nonconformity. The study involved consideration of the issues people with gender nonconformity face as well as the mental impact that often occurs as a result of the rejection of other people in their lives, including their family and friends, as well as how and in what ways gender nonconforming people are affected by negativity in their environment. Data related to the problems that develop with such people, in particular the impact of stigmatization, discrimination, and social anxiety on people with gender nonconformity were collected via interviews. The researcher collected both primary and secondary data for analysis via interviews and a literature review. It was hypothesized that gender nonconformity would have a strong relationship with social anxiety, with negative experiences playing the role of mediator. Results show people who are gender nonconforming face disapproval of their identity in some situations in their lives, which often has a negative impact on their mental health. Future research will be important to analyze the particular types of problems caused by such issues.