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(p. 134) The Relation Between Suicidal Ideation and Bullying Victimization in a National Sample of Transgender and Non-Transgender Adolescents 

(p. 134) The Relation Between Suicidal Ideation and Bullying Victimization in a National Sample of Transgender and Non-Transgender Adolescents
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(p. 134) The Relation Between Suicidal Ideation and Bullying Victimization in a National Sample of Transgender and Non-Transgender Adolescents
Author(s):

Michele L. Ybarra

, Kimberly J. Mitchell

, and Joseph Kosciw

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199950706.003.0012
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date: 25 October 2020

Previous research has noted elevated rates of suicidal ideation and peer victimization among transgender populations. Data are lacking about how peer victimization relates to suicidal ideation for transgender youth, however; and whether any observed association is explained by psychosocial challenges (e.g., depressive symptomatology, social support) that many adolescent youth face. In this national online study of 5,542 youth 13–18 years of age, past-year rates of bullying were twice as high for transgender and gender non-conforming youth (44%–55%) compared to cisgender youth (i.e., youth whose gender identity is the same as the sex assigned to them at birth; 21%–25%). Rates of past-year generalized peer victimization were similar by gender identity however: 37%–42% of transgender and gender non-conforming youth were victims, as were 42%–43% of cisgender youth. Elevated rates of suicidal ideation noted among transgender youth were largely explained by peer victimization and concurrent psychosocial problems.

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