Transgender mental health

Laura E. Kuper, Danna Bismar, Whit Ryan

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Research on transgender mental health has dramatically increased over the past decade. While initial studies were limited to small clinic-based or geographically limited convenience samples, larger internet and multi-clinic samples as well as increasing inclusion of gender identity questions in regional, national, and probability-based surveys have started to open new avenues for research. Broadly, disparities appear to exist across a broad range of mental health symptoms and diagnoses. However, significant variations exist across studies and intersectional and integrative approaches have started to shed light on some of these variations. This chapter provides an overview of studies examining the prevalence of mental health-related conditions within transgender samples followed by a synthesis of risk and protective factors that appear to underlie mental health disparities. Approaches to conceptualizing and measuring the size of the transgender population, ethical considerations, and implications and future directions are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780190067991
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Gender diverse
  • Health disparities
  • Mental health
  • Protective factors
  • Risk factors
  • Transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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