Next Article in Journal
Using the Machine Learning Method to Study the Environmental Footprints Embodied in Chinese Diet
Next Article in Special Issue
Sexual and Mental Health Inequalities across Gender Identity and Sex-Assigned-at-Birth among Men-Who-Have-Sex-with-Men in Europe: Findings from EMIS-2017
Previous Article in Journal
A Comprehensive Investigation on the Fire Hazards and Environmental Risks in a Commercial Complex Based on Fault Tree Analysis and the Analytic Hierarchy Process
Previous Article in Special Issue
State Involvement in LGBT+ Health and Social Support Issues in Canada
Article

“We Just Take Care of Each Other”: Navigating ‘Chosen Family’ in the Context of Health, Illness, and the Mutual Provision of Care amongst Queer and Transgender Young Adults

1
Department of Anthropology, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
2
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
3
School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(19), 7346; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197346
Received: 1 September 2020 / Revised: 1 October 2020 / Accepted: 5 October 2020 / Published: 8 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Inequalities and Social Support among LGBT + Populations)
“Chosen family”—families formed outside of biological or legal (bio-legal) bonds—is a signature of the queer experience. Therefore, we address the stakes of “chosen family” for queer and transgender (Q/T) young adults in terms of health, illness and the mutual provision of care. “Chosen family” is a refuge specifically generated by and for the queer experience, so we draw upon anthropological theory to explore questions of queer kinship in terms of care. We employ a phenomenological approach to semi-structured interviews (n = 11), open coding, and thematic analysis of transcriptions to meet our aims: (1) Develop an understanding of the beliefs and values that form the definition of “chosen family” for Q/T young adults; and (2) Understand the ways in which “chosen family” functions in terms of care for health and illness. Several themes emerged, allowing us to better understand the experiences of this population in navigating the concept of “chosen family” within and beyond health care settings. Emergent themes include: (1) navigating medical systems; (2) leaning on each other; and (3) mutual aid. These findings are explored, as are the implications of findings for how health care professionals can better engage Q/T individuals and their support networks. View Full-Text
Keywords: chosen family; queer family; queer health; transgender health; care; mutual aid; Q/T chosen family; queer family; queer health; transgender health; care; mutual aid; Q/T
MDPI and ACS Style

Jackson Levin, N.; Kattari, S.K.; Piellusch, E.K.; Watson, E. “We Just Take Care of Each Other”: Navigating ‘Chosen Family’ in the Context of Health, Illness, and the Mutual Provision of Care amongst Queer and Transgender Young Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7346. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197346

AMA Style

Jackson Levin N, Kattari SK, Piellusch EK, Watson E. “We Just Take Care of Each Other”: Navigating ‘Chosen Family’ in the Context of Health, Illness, and the Mutual Provision of Care amongst Queer and Transgender Young Adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(19):7346. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197346

Chicago/Turabian Style

Jackson Levin, Nina, Shanna K. Kattari, Emily K. Piellusch, and Erica Watson. 2020. "“We Just Take Care of Each Other”: Navigating ‘Chosen Family’ in the Context of Health, Illness, and the Mutual Provision of Care amongst Queer and Transgender Young Adults" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 19: 7346. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197346

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop