Mental health and well-being among older trans people

Louis Bailey, Jay McNeil, Sonja J. Ellis

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

This chapter presents findings from the Trans Mental Health Study as they relate to the mental health of trans people who are 50 years of age and older and living in the UK. Trans ageing is a much neglected area of knowledge within the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans ageing, and the mental health and well-being of older trans people even more so. The chapter discusses the small but growing body of literature about trans ageing and mental health. It shows that older trans people reported better rates of mental health compared to the general sample, in addition to higher rates of self-esteem and control over their lives. Respondents were asked whether being trans or having a trans history affected their mental health. Approximately one-third of respondents felt that being trans had a positive effect on their self-esteem. Respondents also assessed what they felt the impact of being trans was for their life satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOlder lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People
Subtitle of host publicationMinding the Knowledge Gaps
EditorsAndrew King, Kathryn Almack, Yiu-Tung Suen, Sue Westwood
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter4
Pages44-60
Number of pages17
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315628462
ISBN (Print)9781138644939
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Social Work
PublisherRoutledge

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    Bailey, L., McNeil, J., & Ellis, S. J. (2018). Mental health and well-being among older trans people. In A. King, K. Almack, Y-T. Suen, & S. Westwood (Eds.), Older lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps (1st ed., pp. 44-60). (Routledge Advances in Social Work). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315628462-4