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This study investigated the priming effects of the model minority stereotype on 52 clinicians in training regarding their diagnostic accuracy of a transgender Japanese American male (female to male) compared to a cisgender Japanese American male patient with identical symptoms qualifying for persistent depressive disorder (PDD). It was hypothesized that clinicians in training would be more likely to perceive the primed transgender vignette as low functioning with more time needed for recovery compared to perceiving the cisgender vignette as high functioning with less time needed for recovery. The results showed a main effect for gender for the symptom inattention to details; there was also a main effect for stereotype priming regarding signs of hypersomnia or insomnia and there was an interaction effect for gender and stereotype priming for symptoms of delusion. The level of experience with diverse ethnic groups, diverse socioeconomic classes and LGBT competency were significant for predicting prognosis. Implications regarding cultural competence and further education on transgender mental healthcare will be discussed, as well as how multiple minority statuses may influence healthcare decisions.



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Dr. Alice Wen-jui Cheng, Thesis Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Spievak, Committee Member

Dr. Nesa Wasarhaley, Committee Member

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