Transgenders Face Threat of Suicide, Self-Harm

News: Life and Family
by Richard Ducayne  •  •  September 1, 2016   

You are not signed in as a Premium user; we rely on Premium users to support our news reporting. Sign in or Sign up today!

CINCINNATI ( - Transgender youths transitioning from female to male are attempting suicide at alarming rates, a new study has found.

According to the research published in the journal Suicide and Life, 30 percent of young transgender people have reported a history of trying to commit suicide at least once, and nearly 42 percent report a history of self-harm, such as cutting their wrists.

The study conducted by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center also discovered a higher frequency of suicide attempts among transgender youth who are also not satisfied with their weight.

"Our study provides further evidence for the at-risk nature of transgender youth and emphasizes that mental health providers and physicians working with this population need to be aware of these challenges," said Claire Peterson, a psychologist at the medical center.

"Dissatisfaction with one's appearance and the drive to look different from one's sex assigned at birth is central to gender dysphoria, the feeling that your gender identity is different from that at birth," Peterson added.

The researchers analyzed data from the medical records of 96 transgender patients, ages 12 to 22, with gender dysphoria and found that 58 percent had at least one additional psychiatric diagnosis in addition to their dysphoria.

According to the study, nearly 63 percent indicated a history of bullying, 23.1 percent a history of school suspension or expulsion, 19.3 percent involvement in physical fights, and 17.1 percent repeating a grade in school.

Last year Pope Francis criticized "gender ideology" strongly, saying it doesn't recognize "the order of creation" and even compared it to the Hitler Youth.

"This is the ideological colonization," the Holy Father said. "It colonizes the people with an idea that changes, or wants to change, a mentality or a structure."

"It is not new, this," he continued. "The same was done by the dictators of the last century. They came with their own doctrine, think of the Balilla [Mussolini's facist youth group], think of the Hitler Youth."


Have a news tip? Submit news to our tip line.

We rely on you to support our news reporting. Please donate today.
By commenting on you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our comment posting guidelines