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LGBT Health. 2015 Sep;2(3):270-5. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2013.0048. Epub 2014 May 12.

Predictors of Suicidal Ideation in a Statewide Sample of Transgender Individuals.

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1
1 Department of Psychology, Suffolk University , Boston, Massachusetts.
2
2 Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts , Boston, Massachusetts.
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3 The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health , Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract

Transgender individuals experience violence and discrimination, which, in addition to gender transitioning, are established correlates of psychological distress. In a statewide sample of 350 transgender adults, we investigated whether a history of violence and discrimination increased the odds of reporting lifetime suicidal ideation (SI) and whether differences in SI were predicted by gender transition status. Violence, discrimination, and transition status significantly predicted SI. Compared with individuals with no plans to transition, individuals with plans or who were living as their identified gender reported greater odds of lifetime SI. We discuss implications for SI disparities using Meyer's minority stress model.

KEYWORDS:

discrimination; suicide; transgender; transition; violence

PMID:
26788676
PMCID:
PMC4713016
DOI:
10.1089/lgbt.2013.0048
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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