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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2007 Oct;37(5):527-37.

Transgender youth and life-threatening behaviors.

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Department of Applied Psychology, New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA. arnold.grossman@nyu.edu

Abstract

Sexual minority status is a key risk factor for suicide among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth; however, it has not been studied among transgender youth. Fifty-five transgender youth reported on their life-threatening behaviors. Nearly half of the sample reported having seriously thought about taking their lives and one quarter reported suicide attempts. Factors significantly related to having made a suicide attempt included suicidal ideation related to transgender identity; experiences of past parental verbal and physical abuse; and lower body esteem, especially weight satisfaction and thoughts of how others evaluate the youths' bodies. Sexual minority status is a key risk factor for life-threatening behaviors among transgender youth.

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17967119
DOI:
10.1521/suli.2007.37.5.527
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