Suicidal Thoughts More Common for Transgender Youth

From Drugs.com - September 15, 2017

Suicidal Thoughts More Common for Transgender Youth

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 -- Transgender youth are more likely to have suicidal thoughts, a new study finds.

Researchers examined survey data from more than 900,000 high school students in California. They found that 35 percent of transgender youth said they'd had suicidal thoughts in the past year, compared with 19 percent of non-transgender youth.

The study appears in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

"It is crucial that studies of adolescent health include measures of gender identity alongside sexual orientation to better understand and create programs to address the needs of these youth across the United States," study lead author Amaya Perez-Brumer, from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, said in a journal news release.

Increased rates of depression and victimization among transgender youth partly explain their higher risk of suicidal thoughts, the researchers said.


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