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Family Rejection Ups Health Risks of Transgender People

Family Rejection Ups Health Risks of Transgender People

Emerging research finds that family rejection of transgender people can increase the chance of substance abuse and more than triple the risk of suicide attempts.

Coauthors Augustus Klein, M.S.W., and Sarit Golub, Ph.D., M.P.H., City University of New York, present their findings in the peer-reviewed journal LGBT Health.

Overall, more than 42 percent of the individuals who self-identified as transgender or gender nonconforming reported a suicide attempt, and over 26 percent had misused drugs or alcohol to cope with transgender-related discrimination.

The researchers report the increased risk of these health outcomes for individuals who experienced high or moderate levels of family rejection compared to little or no rejection.

“Gender minority stress and stigma contribute to the increased rates of depression, anxiety disorders, suicidality, and substance abuse in the transgender population.

This study underscores the importance of family support and acceptance in mitigating that stress,” said LGBT Health Editor-in-Chief William Byne, M.D., Ph.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, N.Y.).

Source: Mary Ann Liebert/EurekAlert
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Family Rejection Ups Health Risks of Transgender People

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Family Rejection Ups Health Risks of Transgender People. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 27, 2020, from
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