Rejection by family members may increase the risk of substance abuse and suicide attempts in transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, a new study suggests.
“People should understand that families matter,” researcher Sarit Golub of Hunter College and the Graduate Center of City University of New York told Reuters. “When people are rejected by their loved ones, it can have serious emotional and social consequences.”
Past research has suggested that transgender people have increased risks for health problems, including substance abuse, suicide, depression and HIV, the article notes.
Transgender individuals also face challenges including poverty, violence, incarceration and discrimination in employment, healthcare and housing, the researchers write in the journal LGBT Health.
The new study analyzed data from 6,456 adults who participated in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey in 2008 and 2009. They were asked if they had ever abused drugs or alcohol to cope with transgender-related discrimination, or had ever attempted...