Transgender youth and life-threatening behaviors

Arnold H. Grossman, Anthony R. D'Augelli

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-537
Number of pages11
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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