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Title: Australian Trans Men: Development, Sexuality, and Mental Health
Contributor(s): del Pozo de Bolger, Andrea (author)orcid ; Jones, Tiffany (author); Dunstan, Debra (author)orcid ; Lykins, Amy (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1111/ap.12094
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Abstract: The aim of the study reported in this article was to gain an understanding of the experiences, developmental trajectories, and mental health status of Australian trans men. Participants were 279 trans men. The majority preferred to identify as "male"; from an early age, they had experienced their gender identity as different from that normatively expected of their natally assigned sex and had undertaken practices so as to facilitate their presentation as male in accordance with their gender identity. A majority reported a diagnosis of depression or anxiety within the last 12 months and attributed suicidal ideation and self-harm and attempted suicide to personal issues with gender identity. Going through a masculinisation process and coming out reportedly led to improved mental health. The findings highlight the need to educate mental health and health care professionals on trans issues.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Psychologist, 49(6), p. 395-402
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1742-9544
Field of Research (FOR): 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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