Trans People's Experiences of Mental Health and Gender Identity Services: A UK Study

Sonja J. Ellis, Louis Bailey, Jay McNeil

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Abstract

Drawing on survey data from a UK study of trans people and mental health, the study presented here reports on the experiences of trans people in two health care settings: mental health services and gender identity clinics. An analysis of the primarily qualitative data indicates that in these settings practitioners tend to be poorly informed about trans issues and the realities of trans people's lives. The key observations of this study are that untreated gender dysphoria (due to delays or refusals of treatment), unnecessary and intrusive questioning/tests, prejudicial attitudes by service providers, and restrictive treatment pathways, all contribute to minority stress which is detrimental to the mental health and well-being of trans people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-20
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health
Volume19
Issue number1
Early online date14 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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