ERIC Number: EJ785890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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Transgender Youth and Life-Threatening Behaviors
Grossman, Arnold H.; D'Augelli, Anthony R.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v37 n5 p527-537 Oct 2007
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.
Descriptors: Suicide, At Risk Persons, Homosexuality, Minority Groups, Youth, Social Bias, Intention, Psychological Patterns, Sexual Identity, Parent Child Relationship, Child Abuse, Self Esteem, Self Concept, Body Composition
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