Department of Psychology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Psychology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan (email@example.com)
This study examines exposure to perceived discrimination and its association with loneliness among transgender individuals as well as evaluates the mediating role of coping strategies. Total of 153 transgender individuals were recruited through community based organizations and referrals by snow ball sampling technique. Perceived discrimination was assessed by (Day to Day Life Perceived Discrimination Measure: Williams, Yu, Jackson, & Anderson, 1997), presence of feelings of loneliness by (Loneliness and Social Dissatisfaction Scale: Asher et al. 1984) and coping strategies by (The Brief Cope Scale: Carver, 1997). Pearson correlation, linear and hierarchical regression was used to examine the association between perceived discrimination and loneliness and mediating role of coping strategies. A significant association between perceived discrimination and loneliness was identified. How exposure to discrimination leads to increased risk of loneliness and coping strategies mediate this relationship. The findings are helpful for mental health professional in treatment of minorities like transgender on the bases of coping strategies.
Keywords: transgender; perceived discrimination; loneliness and coping strategies