Predicting physical activity engagement in treatment seeking transgender people

Beth Jones

Nott

Beth is a final year PhD student at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health. Her research is broadly concerned with mental well-being within the transgender population.

Background

It has been established that transgender people engage in less physical activity then cisgender people. Several psychosocial factors have been found to be important in explaining physical (in)activity within the cisgender... [ view full abstract ]

Aim(s)

To determine which psychosocial factors (depression, anxiety, transphobia, body dissatisfaction, self-esteem) predict physical activity engagement among treatment seeking transgender people. [ view full abstract ]

Methods

In 2015/2016 a large sample of transgender people (N=322) was recruited from a transgender health service within the United Kingdom. The main outcome measure assessed physical activity engagement over a weekly basis. Levels of... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

Physical activity [ view full abstract ]

Results

Overall, high self-esteem was found to predict physical activity within the studied sample of transgender people. Additionally, people who had taken cross-sex hormones were more likely to engage in a greater level of physical... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

For transgender people who are yet to start their medical transition (e.g., cross-sex hormones), increasing self-esteem is important in relation to promoting physical activity. In transgender people who are being prescribed... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

  1. Beth Jones (Nott)
  2. Jon Arcelus (Nottingham Center for Gender Dysphoria)
  3. Walter Pierre Bouman (Nottingham Center for Gender Dysphoria)
  4. Emma Haycraft (Loughborough University)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Mental health

Session

OS-2AB » Mental Health IIb: Discrimination and Stigma (11:00 - Friday, 7th April, Aegean)