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Volk, Sage. "My name is my identity": Understanding conceptualizations of gender identity to improve measurement. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. March 2020.


Copyright Sage Volk 2020.


Existing measures of gender identity have some inconsistencies that lead to researchers missing out on the comprehensive image of an individual’s gender. The purpose of the present study was to assess how individuals who do not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth conceptualize their gender identity. To understand which aspects are important to an individual’s gender identity, semi-structured interviews were conducted with four undergraduate students who identified as non-cisgender (e.g., transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, etc.). Results of the qualitative analysis identified two themes within conceptualizations of gender identity: (1) personal and (2) social. The importance of these two domains as well as the alignment between them is abundantly apparent in the participants’ responses and should be the focus of future measures of gender identity.