The Association of Multiple Identities with Self-Directed Violence and Depression among Transgender Individuals.

Author(s): Lytle MC,  Blosnich JR,  Kamen C

Journal: Suicide Life Threat Behav

Date: 2016 Oct

Major Program(s) or Research Group(s): NCORP

PubMed ID: 26916366

PMC ID: PMC5087282

Abstract: Transgender individuals have a high prevalence of self-directed violence; however, there is scant literature focusing on their unique experiences. The differences in self-harm, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, and depression based on racial/ethnic identity and sexual orientation were examined among transgender individuals. Data were gathered from the Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 National College Health Assessment. Across racial/ethnic identities, greater proportions of transgender students endorsed self-directed violence than their cisgender peers. Among transgender individuals, sexual minorities were more likely to report suicidal ideation than their heterosexual peers, and racial/ethnic minorities had higher odds of attempting suicide than non-Hispanic White individuals.