Beyond Depression and Suicide: The Mental Health of Transgender College Students

dc.contributor.authorOswalt, Sara B.
dc.contributor.authorLederer, Alyssa M.
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-19T15:00:22Z
dc.date.available2021-04-19T15:00:22Z
dc.date.issued2017-02-21
dc.date.updated2021-04-19T15:00:22Z
dc.description.abstractResearch studies examining the mental health of transgender individuals often focus on depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation through the use of clinic samples. However, little is known about the emerging adult (18–26 years old) transgender population and their mental health. The current study seeks to fill that gap by using a national dataset of college students (N = 547,727) to examine how transgender college students (n = 1143) differ from their cisgender peers regarding 12 different mental health conditions. Chi-square and regression analyses were conducted. Results demonstrate that transgender students have approximately twice the risk for most mental health conditions compared to cisgender female students. A notable exception is schizophrenia, in which transgender individuals have about seven times the risk compared to cisgender females. While these were significant findings, regression analyses indicate that being non-heterosexual is a greater predictor for mental health concerns. Implications for mental health practitioners at colleges and universities are discussed.
dc.description.departmentPublic Health
dc.identifierdoi: 10.3390/socsci6010020
dc.identifier.citationSocial Sciences 6 (1): 20 (2017)
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/366
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 United States
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectgender identity
dc.subjecttransgender
dc.subjectmental health
dc.subjectcollege student
dc.subjectcollege health
dc.subjectdepression
dc.subjectanxiety
dc.subjectschizophrenia
dc.subjectgender nonconforming
dc.titleBeyond Depression and Suicide: The Mental Health of Transgender College Students
dc.typeArticleen_US

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