Transgender youth

Invisible and vulnerable

Arnold Grossman, Anthony R. D'Augelli

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Abstract

This study used three focus groups to explore factors that affect the experiences of youth (ages 15 to 21) who identify as transgender. The focus groups were designed to probe transgender youths' experiences of vulnerability in the areas of health and mental health. This involved their exposure to risks, discrimination, marginalization, and their access to supportive resources. Three themes emerged from an analysis of the groups' conversations. The themes centered on gender identity and gender presentation, sexuality and sexual orientation, and vulnerability and health issues. Most youth reported feeling they were transgender at puberty, and they experienced negative reactions to their gender atypical behaviors, as well as confusion between their gender identity and sexual orientation. Youth noted four problems related to their vulnerability in health-related areas: the lack of safe environments, poor access to physical health services, inadequate resources to address their mental health concerns, and a lack of continuity of caregiving by their families and communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCurrent Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages111-128
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780203057582
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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sexual orientation
health
mental health
puberty
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caregiving
resources
sexuality
health service
experience
continuity
conversation
discrimination
community

Keywords

  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Lesbian
  • Sexual orientation
  • Transgender
  • Vulnerability
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Grossman, A., & D'Augelli, A. R. (2013). Transgender youth: Invisible and vulnerable. In Current Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health (pp. 111-128). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.1300/J082v51n01_06

Transgender youth : Invisible and vulnerable. / Grossman, Arnold; D'Augelli, Anthony R.

Current Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health. Taylor and Francis, 2013. p. 111-128.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Grossman, A & D'Augelli, AR 2013, Transgender youth: Invisible and vulnerable. in Current Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health. Taylor and Francis, pp. 111-128. https://doi.org/10.1300/J082v51n01_06
Grossman A, D'Augelli AR. Transgender youth: Invisible and vulnerable. In Current Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health. Taylor and Francis. 2013. p. 111-128 https://doi.org/10.1300/J082v51n01_06
Grossman, Arnold ; D'Augelli, Anthony R. / Transgender youth : Invisible and vulnerable. Current Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health. Taylor and Francis, 2013. pp. 111-128
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