Body Compassion in Transgender and Gender Diverse (TGD) Individuals Project

This project is being conducted by researchers at the School of Psychological Sciences within the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Mx Lotus Ye is conducting this project for their master’s thesis as part of their Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree, under the research supervision of Dr Leesa Van Niekerk. The focus of this project is on body compassion, a concept that explores developing a caring and nonjudgmental attitude towards your physical body.

The researcher who developed body compassion has done so very recently in 2017, so there is still not a lot of research about what body compassion is and its relevance for different people, particularly in relation to the physical and emotional wellbeing. Due to harmful cultural norms and attitudes relating to gender, some transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people can struggle with how they feel about their physical bodies and/or experience gender dysphoria (a sense of discomfort about differences they see between their gender and physical sense of self). Theoretically, body compassion might be a useful tool in helping TGD people explore and affirm their gender identity, but more research is needed to find out what TGD people themselves think of body compassion and how it might be relevant to their lives and overall wellbeing.

If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey ( that will take around 15 to 20 minutes to fill in.

To find our more please visit the project survey page HERE.

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