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Jenifer McGuire

McGuire

Associate Professor

299H McNH
1985 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612-301-9848

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Areas of Interest

Parent relationships for sexual and gender minority youth
Parent socialization of adolescent sexuality
Well-being of sexual and gender minority youth
Parenting across family transitions

Recent News

McGuire says the earlier gender is addressed with children, the better

Supporting Gender-Variant & Transgender Youth

McGuire awarded 2014 NCFR Innovation Grant

McGuire publishes long-term follow-up study in Pediatrics


Degrees

Ph.D., Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona
M.P.H., Public Health, University of Arizona
M.S., Family Studies, University of Arizona
B.A., Comm. & Psychology, University of Colorado

Honors & Awards

2010 Hugo G. Beigel Award, The Journal of Sex Research primary author to: McGuire, J. K. & Barber, B. L. (2010). Late adolescent sexual styles: A person centered approach to the multifaceted nature of sexual behavior. The Journal of Sex Research, 47, 301-313.

2010 Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Publication Award: Best Edited Book. Contributing author to: Russell, S. T., McGuire, J. K., & Laub, C. (2008). School climate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students: Within- and between-school variability. In M. Shinn and H. Yoshikawa, (Eds.) Toward positive youth development: Transforming schools and community programs. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 133-149.

2009 Leadership Fellows Award: Washington Campus Compact. 

Research & Discovery

Transgender youth and families: I study the well-being of young people who identify as transgender with a specific focus on ways that family environments can best support healthy development. Within this area, I have several ongoing projects which utilize different types of data. The transgender youth study includes in-depth, semi-structured interviews of transgender identified persons aged 16-26. The accompanying parent study includes in depth interviews with a subset of parents of transgender identified young adults. I collaborate with several gender clinics to examine elements of development among children and adolescents who seek services for gender reassignment. Finally, I collaborate with school and community groups to examine ways to provide safe and developmentally appropriate contexts for youth who are questioning their gender or actively pursuing gender transition services.

Parenting and sexual health: I study the sexual health of young people, and the ways that parenting practices may support or undermine healthy sexual relationship development. Specifically, my work has focused on ways that parents communicate explicitly and implicitly about sexual topics with youth. Within this area, I have utilized large data sets as well as collected more detailed survey data to better understand the links between parent communication styles, youth attitudes about gender and sexuality, and youth sexual behavior.

Outreach & Engagement

Parenting and co-parenting: Parent’s Forever is a co-parenting program taken by many couples during the divorce process to help promote the well-being of children influenced by divorce. I participate as a member of the program team in supporting evaluation and development of the program.

Sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth well-being: I participate as a member of a developing coalition with the goal of enhancing well-being for SGM youth in Minnesota and beyond.

Publications

  1. De Vries, A. L. C., McGuire, J. K., Steensma, T. D., Wagenaar, E., Doreleijers, T., Cohen-Kettenis, P. T. (in press, Pediatrics) Prospective young adult outcomes of puberty suppression in transgender adolescents.

  2. Steensma, T. D., McGuire, J. K., Kreukels, B. P. C., Beekman, A. J., Cohen-Kettenis, P. T. (2013) Factors Associated with Desistence and Persistence of Childhood Gender Dysphoria: A Quantitative Follow-up Study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

  3. Rodgers, K.B., & McGuire, J.K., (2012). Adolescent sexual risk and multiple contexts: interpersonal violence, parenting, and poverty. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Doi: 0886260511432148

  4. Toomey, R. 1, McGuire, J. K., & Russell, S. T. (2012). Perceptions of school safety for gender nonconforming peers: Within- and between-school variability in hetero-normative climates. Journal of Adolescence, 35(1) 187-196. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2011.03.001

  5. McGuire, J. K., & Conover-Williams, M. 1, (2010). Creating spaces to support transgender youth. The Prevention Researcher, 17(4) 17-20.

  6. McGuire, J. K. & Barber, B. L. (2010). Late adolescent sexual styles: A person centered approach to the multifaceted nature of sexual behavior. The Journal of Sex Research, 47, 301-313.

  7. McGuire, J. K., Anderson, C. R. 1, Toomey, R. B. 1, & Russell, S. T., (2010). School climate for transgender youth: A mixed method investigation of student experiences and school responses. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 1175-1188.

  8. McGuire, J. K., & Doty, V. (2010). Innovations in teaching: Students as practitioners in a service learning context. Michigan Family Review, 14, 110-121.

  9. Broberg, D. M. 1, Broberg, K. A. 1, & McGuire, J. K. (2009). Policy approaches to offset food insecurity and obesity at the individual, family and community level. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 101, 44-49.

  10. Rodgers, K.B., & McGuire, J.K., (2009). Poverty and violence as contexts for understanding family process and health risks among sexually experienced youth. International Journal of Child and  Adolescent Health, 2, 109-117.

  11. Hill, L. G., Parker, L. A., McGuire, J. K., Sage, R. 1 (2009). Institutionalising science-based practices in children’s services. Journal of Child Services, 3, 32-45.

  12. See CV, for more publications.

Presentations

  1. McGuire, J. K., (2014). Body image among transgender youth. Society for Research on Adolescence, Austin, TX.

  2. McGuire, J. K. (2013). Family relationships among transgender youth. National Council on Family Relations, San Antonio, TX.

  3. De Vries, A.L.C., McGuire, J. K., Steensma., T., Cohen-Kettenis, P., (2013). Prospective young adult outcomes of puberty suppression in transgender adolescents. Society for Research on Child Development, Seattle, WA.

  4. McGuire, J.K., & Brown, M.B. (2012) Forms and conditions of service learning: Links to student outcomes. Conference on University Lifelong Learning, Graz, Austria.

  5. McGuire, J. K., Beets, N., Glenn, J., & Rash, J. A. (2011). Family relationships as contexts for sexual health among transgender youth. Poster presented at the World Association for Sexual health, Glasgow, UK.

  6. McGuire, J. K., Beets, N., Glenn, J., & Rash, J. A. (2011). Family relationships as contexts for sexual health among transgender youth. Poster presented at the Biennial meeting of the society for Research on Child development, Montreal, CA.

  7. Beets, N. 1, Wilcox, J. L. 1, McGuire, J. K., & LeCroy, C. W. (2011) Reservation as a context for Native American youth substance use. Poster accepted for presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal, CA.

  8. Rash, J. A. 1, Broberg, D. 1, & McGuire, J. K., (2010). From policy to outcome: How cognitive changes after a pregnancy prevention program predict adolescent childbearing. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

  9. Rodgers, K. B., McGuire, J. K., & Ewest, W. C. 1 (2010). Trajectories of support on educational outcomes among adolescent mothers in poverty. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

  10. McGuire, J. K., & Conover-Williams, M. 1 (2010) Family relationships as contexts for development among transgender youth: Links to internalizing and externalizing risk behaviors. Paper presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.

  11. Van Campen, K. 1, Toomey, R. B. 1, McGuire, J. K., & LeCroy, C. W., (2010). “I Have What?”: How Sexual Self-Efficacy and Sexuality Education Are Associated with STD Risk in Adolescence. Poster presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.

  12. See CV, for more presentations.