Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among a convenience sample of trans persons: an analysis of protective and risk factors

Background

Suicidal ideation is a complex and multi-factorial problem. From a bio-psycho-social explanatory model, suicidal behavior is influenced by biological, psychological, psychiatric and social risk factors. The predisposing... [ view full abstract ]

Aim(s)

This study aims at measuring the current prevalence of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in the population of LGBT persons, with a specific focus of analysing the protective and risk factors for the group of... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

An online anonymous survey with a cross-sectional design was conducted aimed at a self-identified LGBT population, aged 16 year and older. The survey was online from September 2015 until February 2016. The survey was... [ view full abstract ]

Methods

The survey contained seven main parts: (1) socio-demographic background variables (2) sexual and gender identity (3) openness about sexual/gender identity (4) social networks (5) experiences with homophobia / trans phobia (6)... [ view full abstract ]

Results

Of the 248 respondents, 80.2% (n=199) report to have had at least once suicide thoughts in their life, of which 57.3% in the last year. 38.7% (n=96) report at least one life time suicide attempt, of which 32.3% (n=31) in the... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

The results show an alarming high rate of suicide thoughts and attempts among the convenience sample of self-identified trans persons. As confirmed by other authors (Portzky & van Heeringen, 2009; Portzky, van Autreve & van... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

Joz Motmans (Ghent University Hospital, Center for Sexology and Gender), Jana Missiaen (ugent), Heiderike Seynaeve (ugent), Gwendolyn Portzky (ugent), Eva Dumon (ugent)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Mental health

Session

OS-1A » Mental Health I: Mental & Sexual Health and Outcomes in Transgender Health (14:00 - Thursday, 6th April, Baltic)

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