Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychological Science (MSPS)



NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Christopher Leone

Second Advisor

Dr. Paul Fuglestad

Rights Statement

Department Chair

Dr. Lori Lange

College Dean

Dr. George Rainbolt


The phenomenon of identity concealment is not well understood for transgender individuals. Additionally, individual differences in identity concealment have not been widely discussed. In the present study, we explored the potential mediating effects of rejection sensitivity and internalized stigmatization between self-monitoring and identity concealment by transgender individuals. Self-monitoring can be conceptualized as either a univariate (dichotomous) variable or bivariate (continuous) variable with two dimensions: protective and acquisitive. Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk system, we recruited 140 transgender individuals to complete measures of self-monitoring, rejection sensitivity, internalized stigmatization, and identity concealment across five audiences. Mediation was assessed using Hayes’ PROCESS model. Univariate and acquisitive self-monitoring had direct effects on identity concealment for coworkers/classmates. Acquisitive self-monitoring had direct effects on identity concealment for strangers. Protective self-monitoring had indirect effects (via rejection sensitivity/internalized stigmatization) on identity concealment for friends/acquaintances, coworkers/classmates, and strangers. Limitations of the current investigation (e.g., nonexperimental design) and future directions (e.g., longitudinal design) for research on identity concealment by transgender individuals are discussed.