Research project seeking gender-diverse highly sensitive participants

Are you trans, non-binary, or otherwise gender-diverse, and do you identify as a highly sensitive person? Sabrina Rock is conducting a research study for a doctoral dissertation, and she wants to make sure her study is gender-inclusive. (I’m not affiliated with the study, but I want to pass this along and support gender-inclusive research.)

An excerpt from the flyer:

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

Would you like to share your experience in a collaborative research study?

Highly sensitive persons (HSPs), that is those who have the trait of sensory processing sensitivity, are invited to participate in a collaborative research study to explore the lived experiences of HSPs. The data will be gathered in multiple formats including narrative interviews conducted via Zoom, reflective journaling, and the creation of artistic expressions. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and share in the data analysis process. The research questions will focus on the experiences of HSPs in relation to self-awareness, self-care practices, and relational boundaries. Transformative experiences (past and present) in relation to how HSPs have come to accept the trait, integrate it into their lives, and find the benefits of it will also be investigated.

Previous research on HSPs has focused on gender differences between males and females without regard for those with diverse gender identities. This study seeks to give voice to non-binary, gender fluid, androgynous, and transgender people. People of all genders are invited to participate so that we can create a more comprehensive picture of the lived experiences of HSPs.

Note that the recruitment criteria screen out anyone who has been diagnosed with or is being treated for ‘mental disorder’ or substance abuse. As a lot of trans and queer people have experienced diagnosis (in part because being trans and queer in a trans-hostile and cisheteropatriarchal society leads to experiencing depression and anxiety), those criteria might rule out a lot of people who would otherwise be good candidates for this research.

Anyhow, if you’d like to learn more, check out the flyer and follow up with Sabrina:

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