Lifetime history of non-suicidal self-injury in people diagnosed with gender dysphoria: association with psychological features and perceived discrimination

Koray Başar

Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Received training in, and currently a member of faculty in Department of Psychiatry, Hacettepe University, Ankara. Clinical work and research primarily focused on gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexual therapy in general. Providing assistance to the individuals and familes both in groups and individually. Collaborating with other experienced mental health professionals and LGBTI organizations in training programmes targeting mental health workers, medical doctors and students on gender and sexuality. Main themes in research include gender/sexuality and HIV related stigma, discrimination, and social support. 


Trans people were shown to have a higher prevalence of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) (1). Lower self-esteem, social support and higher victimization were reported to be associated with self-injury in trans people (2, 3).... [ view full abstract ]


The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of NSSI in a clinical group of individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria in Turkey, and assess association with demographic, clinic, psychological features. [ view full abstract ]


Participants were recruited among individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria in psychiatry outpatient clinic. History of NSSI and suicide attempt, presence of lifetime and current mental disorders were evaluated with a... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

Participants with and without history of NSSI behavior were compared with respect to their scores in BHS, BDI, PDS and MSPSS, levels of self-esteem according to RSE. In addition, demographic, clinical and transition-related... [ view full abstract ]


Among 134 individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria, 74 % were assigned male at birth, mean age was 25. Lifetime history of NSSI was present in 28.4 %, suicide attempt in 23.9 %;12.7 % had both. Current and lifetime... [ view full abstract ]


Lifetime history of NSSI was associated with persisting hopelessness and higher percevied discrimination, although prevalance of current depression was similar. NSSI merits research interest regarding its prevalance and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Koray Başar (Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry)
  2. Gökhan öZ (Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Mental health


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