Cross-dressing as a meaningful occupation: a single case study

Curtis, Morag and Morris, Karen ORCID logo ORCID: (2015) Cross-dressing as a meaningful occupation: a single case study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78 (11). pp. 706-712.

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Introduction: The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the lived experience of cross-dressing, to raise awareness of cross-dressing and investigate any possible implications for occupational therapy.

Method: A single design case study utilizing an unstructured interview was used with a male cross-dresser known to the first author. Following transcription, flexible and ongoing analysis was undertaken following an interpretative phenomenological analysis approach and emergent themes resulted in an ongoing literature review.

Findings: The themes that developed were ‘identity’, ‘dressing’ and ‘conflict’. A complexity of meanings related to cross-dressing also emerged: uncontrollable urge; erotic expression; sexual orientation; and a sense of completeness.

Conclusion: The findings suggest that cross-dressing is a meaningful occupation and as such influences identity formation and occupational choices. Occupational therapists have a duty of care to this vulnerable and alienated group within society.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: SAGE publications
ISSN: 1477-6006
Departments: Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 12:43
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 14:16


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