A Trans Agent of Social Change in Incarceration: A Psychobiographical Study of Natasha Keating

du Plessis, Carol and Halliwell, Sherree and Mullens, Amy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0939-9842 and Sanders, Tait and Gildersleeve, Jessica ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7694-5615 and Phillips, Tania and Bromdal, Annette ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1307-1794 (2022) A Trans Agent of Social Change in Incarceration: A Psychobiographical Study of Natasha Keating. Journal of Personality. ISSN 0022-3506


Intro: This psychobiography focuses on the advocacy work of Natasha Keating, a trans woman incarcerated in two male prisons in Australia between 2000 and 2007. Incarcerated trans women are a vulnerable group who experience high levels of victimization and discrimination. However, Natasha advocated for her rights while incarcerated and this advocacy contributed to substantial changes in the carceral system. This psychobiography uses psychological understandings of resilience as well as the Transgender Resilience Intervention Model (TRIM) to investigate the factors that enabled this advocacy.

Methods: Data consisted of an archive of letters written by Natasha and interviews with individuals who knew her well. This psychobiography was guided by du Plessis’ (2017) 12-step approach and included the identification of psychological saliencies and the construction of a Multilayered Chronological Chart.

Results: Natasha’s life is presented in four chapters, with each chapter including a discussion of resilience based on the TRIM.

Conclusion: The TRIM suggests that during incarceration Natasha was able to access more group level resilience factors than at any other time in her life. This, combined with individual resilience factors, enabled her advocacy. This finding has implications for advocacy in general as it highlights the importance of both individual and group level factors in enabling individuals to effectively advocate for change in their environments.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2022 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2022 22:43
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2022 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: trans women, incarceration, Australia, psychobiography, resilience, Transgender Resilience Intervention Model, TRIM, social justice
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440202 Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440508 Transgender studies
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520502 Gender psychology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230108 Gender and sexualities
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230408 Rehabilitation and correctional services
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200305 Mental health services
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12745
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49285

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