“While we still have far to go, we have learned not to
oversimplify what being transgender means.”
their gender identity, including the loss of a job, bullying and
even physical and sexual assault. As many as 41 percent of
respondents reported they had attempted suicide — a rate 25
times higher than that of the general population.
Columbia University Medical Center
What can help prevent such psychological consequences? One
approach is providing resources and counseling to families
to help them understand and accept a transgender relative.
Bockting’s research shows that family acceptance — along with
peer support and identity pride — are strong predictors of
resilience for transgender people (American Journal of Public
Health, in press).
Psychologists can play a supporting role as an educator
or advocate in the client’s school or workplace as well. “A
transgender person’s experience can be better because of five
minutes the therapist spends consulting with a client’s employer
to smooth out problems,” says Meier.
More research is essential, too. The 2011 IOM report
highlighted the need for more data collection and research
into the specific concerns of transgender people, including
teens, older adults, and racial and ethnic subpopulations.
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