Siblings, Grandparents, and Animal Companions

Part of the Critical and Applied Approaches in Sexuality, Gender and Identity book series (CAASGI)


This chapter shifts the focus beyond the parent-child relationship to consider other family members, specifically siblings, grandparents, and animal companions. Utilising a critical developmental approach the chapter suggests that siblings and grandparents can be both a key source of support for transgender young people and sources of stress. The role of animal companions as kin is explored as a novel area of focus that to date has received little attention in the literature on transgender young people. The chapter presents one case study that considers the role that parental assumptions and grandparent disengagement can play in the life of a transgender young person, and the importance of recognising animal companions as kin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Education, Psychology and Social WorkFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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