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37% of trans people reported considering suicide in past 12 months; offensive treatment and trans-related violence linked with suicidality

A study found that a total of 37% of trans respondents reported having seriously considered suicide during the past 12 months and 32% had ever attempted a suicide. Offensive treatment during the past three months and lifetime exposure to trans-related violence were significantly associated with suicidality. 

Hate hurts.

A study found that a total of 37% of trans respondents reported having seriously considered suicide during the past 12 months and 32% had ever attempted a suicide. Offensive treatment during the past three months and lifetime exposure to trans-related violence were significantly associated with suicidality.

In “Targeted Victimization and Suicidality Among Trans People: A Web-Based Survey”, which was published in LGBT Health, Zeluf Galit, Dhejne Cecilia, Orre Carolina, Mannheimer Louise Nilunger, Deogan Charlotte, Höijer Jonas, Winzer Regina and Thorson Anna Ekéus eyed to to investigate the associations between a series of empirically known risk and protective factors and suicidality among trans people particularly in Sweden.

Participants were self-selected anonymously to a web-based survey conducted in 2014. Univariable and multivariable logistic regression analyses were performed to assess associations between contributing factors and suicide ideation in the past 12 months and lifetime suicide attempts.

The researchers found that – yes – hate is harmful.

“Offensive treatment during the past three months and lifetime exposure to trans-related violence were significantly associated with suicidality. Less satisfaction with contacts with friends and acquaintances and with one’s own psychological wellbeing were associated with suicide ideation in the past 12 months. Lack of practical support was associated with lifetime suicide attempts,” the researchers stated.

Since the findings show that suicidality is directly correlated with trans-related victimization, the researchers recommend that preventing targeted victimization should, therefore, be considered a key preventive intervention against this elevated suicidality.

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