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    "More about the neighborhood than the school": Leveraging "Don't know" survey responses to probe parental evaluations of school safety
    (SAGE Publications Inc., 2024) Billingham, Chase M.; Kimelberg, Shelley McDonough; Hunt, Matthew O.
    We utilize original survey data to examine factors influencing parental assessment of schools. When asked a series of questions about their evaluation of hypothetical schools in a survey experiment, respondents were given the option to select "don't know" and explain in their own words what additional information they would want to know about the school in order to make their decision. Respondents were especially likely to answer "don't know" in response to a question about school safety. We explore patterns of "don't know" responses through analysis of the open-ended answers that respondents provided. Rather than focusing solely on school characteristics, open-ended responses reveal that parents tend to worry about crime and safety issues in the neighborhoods surrounding schools. We discuss the implications of these findings for education policy, school practice, and education research methods. © The Author(s) 2024.
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    Sameness across Difference: A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of Gender-Affirming Health Care in Thailand and the United States
    (American Sociological Association, 2024) Lynne-Joseph, Alyssa
    Joining a growing body of research calling for the integration of social analysis and postcolonial theory, recent work in medical sociology has analyzed health, illness, and medicine from a postcolonial lens. In this article, I argue for a postcolonial feminist approach to medical sociology that builds on this extant work while challenging methodological nationalism and cultural essentialism. Based on an analysis of gender-affirming health care for transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people in Thailand and the United States, I propose "sameness across difference" as a framework to analyze commonalities in the health care experiences of marginalized populations across nations as the products of imperial legacies. Drawing on 83 interviews with health care providers, TGD patients, and TGD activists, I demonstrate the role of imperialism in sustaining barriers to gender-affirming health care through the uneven geographic distribution of care across rural and urban areas and the reinforcement of racial and class hierarchies within cities. © American Sociological Association 2024.
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    Outside the field, inside the home: lessons learned from adapting qualitative research strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic
    (Emerald Publishing, 2024) Craig, Christy; Oertling, Emily; Hill, Twyla J.; Clawson, Cheyla
    Purpose: This collaborative paper presents three case studies on four scholars' experiences with remote data collection. The authors highlight the challenges and strengths of online qualitative research across three disparate projects: an interdisciplinary exploration of matrilineal heritage, an examination of Irish women's sexual identity and an investigation of dress practices among Tz'utujil-Maya. Design/methodology/approach: Qualitative researchers traditionally go into the field to explore and understand social phenomena. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, while people faced the daily realities of a worldwide crisis from within their homes, remote data collection became a necessary strategy to pursue knowledge. As a result, researchers adapted to unknowns regarding recruiting, scheduling, technology, interviewing and analysis. Findings: Participant and researcher experiences during the adaptation to remote interviewing yielded important lessons on research strategies. Originality/value: Outcomes from these studies highlight the potential value of online data collection alongside the necessity for flexibility in designing and conducting qualitative research. © 2024, Emerald Publishing Limited.
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    The reproduction of knowledge hierarchies in transgender medicine: Professional, lay, and global expertise in clinical practice guidelines
    (Elsevier Ltd, 2024) Lynne-Joseph, Alyssa
    The process for developing clinical practice guidelines in medicine has changed dramatically over time. Previously, small groups of clinicians crafted clinical practice guidelines based on their professional expertise, but guideline developers must increasingly consider patients' lay expertise, global expertise, and principles of evidence-based medicine. This article analyzes how the World Professional Association for Transgender Health grappled with diverse forms of expertise and evidence-based medicine in the process of creating its "Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People, Version 8" (hereafter, SOC-8), a prominent set of clinical practice guidelines in transgender medicine. Analysis is based on 83 interviews with clinicians, patients, and activists in the U.S. and Thailand between 2019 and 2021, as well as observation of transgender health conferences and content analysis of written materials. I find that despite the ostensible goal of incorporating more diverse expertise in this version of the guidelines, the SOC-8 ultimately reproduced traditional knowledge hierarchies in science and medicine in which the lay expertise of transgender and gender non-conforming patients and expertise from the Global South remain marginalized. I attribute this re-marginalization to the regulatory objectivity enacted in the SOC-8 revision process, which re-legitimized professional expertise, established no formal infrastructure for ensuring the equal participation of Global South stakeholders, and permitted limited inclusion of lay expertise from transgender and gender non-conforming people with relatively high levels of privilege (according to race, education, and other social statuses). These findings have implications for future research on knowledge hierarchies in science and medicine and the creation of clinical practice guidelines. © 2024 Elsevier Ltd
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    Transgender and gender diverse youth's perspectives of affirming healthcare: Findings from a community-based study in Kansas
    (SAGE Publications Inc., 2023-06-29) McGeough, Briana L.; Paceley, Megan S.; Greenwood, Emera; Diaz, April L.; Riquino, Michael R.; Gleason, Tori; Pearson, Jennifer D.; Raehpour, Dawna; LaFountain Olivia
    Transgender and gender diverse (TGD) youth experience disproportionate rates of stigma and discrimination, contributing to health concerns. TGD people also report limited access to affirming healthcare, yet little is known about TGD youth and affirming healthcare in the Midwestern U.S. We utilized a community-based, mixed methods survey to explore the health and healthcare experiences of TGD youth in Kansas. Participants (n = 89) were predominantly non-binary (49.4%) and transgender boys/transmasculine (28.1%). Approximately 20% reported discrimination by a healthcare provider and half reported at least one affirming experience (58.5%). Affirming practices included providers using correct names and pronouns (43.1%), asking about gender (38.4%), facilitating access to gender-affirmative healthcare services (20.0%), and connecting to TGD resources (18.5%). Thematic analysis of open-ended responses revealed contextual details about TGD youth's experiences. These findings are relevant to medical and mental health providers, as well as advocates training providers to offer more accessible and affirming care for TGD youth. Copyright The Author(s) 2023.