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Experiences of being gender nonconforming in childhood (18-24y)

28 March 2019

In childhood, did you sometimes act in a way that was not typical for your gender? We are looking for 18-24 year olds who have not been in higher education (or don't plan to enter higher education) to take part in an interview study about experiences of being gender nonconforming in childhood. Interviews will last approximately 45-90 minutes. You will be compensated £20 in cash or vouchers for your time.


  • Aged 18-24
  • EITHER not attended/not planning to attend higher education (e.g. A Levels +) and were assigned male or female at birth
  • OR have attended/are attending higher education and were assigned MALE at birth
  • Identify as having been gender nonconforming in childhood for at least 6 months (Gender nonconformity refers to behaviour which does not follow the social norms for your assigned sex at birth. In other words, behaviour which was more typical for children of the 'opposite' sex. This could include preferring play activities, clothing or friendships more common for children of the 'opposite' sex. It could have been a passing interest (e.g. six months) or been long-lasting. You may have felt able to behave in the way you wanted, or felt that you had to hide it.)
  • Not currently experiencing a serious mental health condition (e.g. bipolar, psychosis, severe depression, anorexia)

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Ethical approval

Advertisement for the recruitment of volunteers for study ref: HR-18/19-10318 , approved by KCL Psychiatry, Nursing and Midwifery (PNM RESC). This project contributes to the College's role in conducting research, and teaching research methods. You are under no obligation to reply to this email, however if you choose to, participation in this research is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time.

About the researcher

I am a PhD student at King's College London investigating psychosocial development in gender nonconforming children.

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