Parents of Transgender Children Need to Look at the Research
By Jody L. Herman
January 8, 2015
The New York Times
Leelah Alcorn’s parents may have thought they were doing the right things for their child, but research shows the experiences Leelah described in her suicide note increase the likelihood of a suicide attempt. Parents need to know what will keep transgender children alive, healthy and happy – and what increases risk.
In the largest survey of transgender adults to date, the reported prevalence of lifetime suicide attempts among respondents was 41 percent, much higher than the general adult population in the United States. The causes of suicide are complex, but some factors that increase the risk of suicide attempts among transgender people stand out in the research. A recent study found that transgender people who experience family rejection, discrimination, victimization or violence are more likely to report having ever attempted suicide.
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