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Minority Stress Among Transgender Adolescents: The Role of Peer Victimization, School Belonging, and Ethnicity

Published on Jun 25, 2018in Journal of Child and Family Studies1.56
· DOI :10.1007/s10826-018-1168-3
Tyler Hatchel2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UF: University of Florida),
Alberto Valido2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UF: University of Florida)
+ 2 AuthorsDorothy L. Espelage57
Estimated H-index: 57
(UF: University of Florida)
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Transgender youth peer relations is understudied when compared to lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth (LGB). Likewise, transgender youth of color (YOC) are also understudied given the difficulties associated with accessing the sample. This study examines the relations among peer victimization, school belonging, and mental health with an ethnically diverse sample of transgender adolescents (N = 4778). Invariance testing and structural equation modeling were employed to explore these relations as well as the potential moderating role of ethnic minority status. Findings demonstrate that an alarming number of transgender youth were exposed to victimization and that victimization predicted mental health issues like suicidal ideation. Furthermore, analyses showed that peer victimization was associated with diminished school belonging. School belonging was associated with better mental health and appeared to mediate the relation between victimization and mental health issues. Ethnic minority status did not moderate these associations. Implications for research are discussed.
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Published on Jan 2, 2018in Journal of The Institute of Conservation
Jonathan Ashley-Smith1
Estimated H-index: 1
AbstractThis article discusses the ways in which ethical arguments are used to direct or deter interventive treatments. Preventive conservation now takes a greater proportion of conservators’ time and this shift in employment opportunities is reflected in college curricula. Despite a recent reaffirmation of the importance of treatment, the underlying problems with educational infrastructure and heritage funding mean that practical skills are still at risk. In this context there is a slow drift i...
Published on Jul 25, 2017in Journal of Interpersonal Violence3.06
Kris Tunac De Pedro8
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Monica Christina Esqueda7
Estimated H-index: 7
Military-connected youth often experience daily stressors that affect their academic success and social and emotional development. Stressors such as multiple deployments and frequent school transitions may weaken the social ties that military-connected youth have with school communities, placing them at risk of social alienation and victimization. Within this youth population, military-connected lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth may be especially at risk of school victimizatio...
Published on Jan 1, 2017in American Journal of Orthopsychiatry1.90
Tyler Hatchel2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UF: University of Florida),
Dorothy L. Espelage57
Estimated H-index: 57
(UF: University of Florida),
Yuanhong Huang2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UF: University of Florida)
Published on Jan 1, 2017in Journal of Adolescent Health3.96
Jaimie F. Veale10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Waikato),
Ryan J. Watson8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UBC: University of British Columbia)
+ 1 AuthorsElizabeth Saewyc29
Estimated H-index: 29
(UBC: University of British Columbia)
Abstract Purpose This study documented the prevalence of mental health problems among transgender youth in Canada and made comparisons with population-based studies. This study also compared gender identity subgroups and age subgroups (14–18 and 19–25). Methods A nonprobability sample of 923 transgender youth from Canada completed an online survey. Participants were recruited through community organizations, health care settings, social media, and researchers' networks. Mental health measures we...
Published on Nov 1, 2016in Journal of Adolescent Health3.96
Maureen D. Connolly1
Estimated H-index: 1
(HFHS: Henry Ford Health System),
Marcus J. Zervos59
Estimated H-index: 59
(HFHS: Henry Ford Health System)
+ 2 AuthorsChristine L.M. Joseph27
Estimated H-index: 27
(HFHS: Henry Ford Health System)
Abstract This review provides an update on the growing body of research related to the mental health of transgender youth that has emerged since the 2011 publication of the Institute of Medicine report on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The databases PubMed and Ovid Medline were searched for studies that were published from January 2011 to March 2016 in English. The following search terms were used: transgender, gender nonconforming, gender minority, gender queer, a...
Published on Jul 1, 2016in Journal of Youth and Adolescence3.26
Robert A. Marx3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Vandy: Vanderbilt University),
Heather Hensman Kettrey5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Vandy: Vanderbilt University)
Gay-straight alliances (GSAs) are school-based organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth and their allies that often attempt to improve school climate for sexual and gender minority youth. This meta-analysis evaluates the association between school GSA presence and youth’s self-reports of school-based victimization by quantitatively synthesizing 15 primary studies with 62,923 participants. Findings indicate GSA presence is associated with significantly lower...
Simon Denny24
Estimated H-index: 24
(University of Auckland),
Mathijs Lucassen15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of Auckland)
+ 5 AuthorsJennifer Utter26
Estimated H-index: 26
(University of Auckland)
The purpose of this study was to determine if sexual minority students in supportive school environments experienced fewer depressive symptoms and lower rates of suicide ideation, plans and attempts (“suicidality”) than sexual minority students in less supportive school environments. In 2007, a nationally representative sample (N = 9,056) of students from 96 high schools in New Zealand used Internet tablets to complete a health and well-being survey that included questions on sexual attractions,...
Nicholas C. Heck11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Marquette University),
Paul V. Poteat1
Estimated H-index: 1
(BC: Boston College),
Carol S. Goodenow2
Estimated H-index: 2
Salvatore Ioverno12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Sapienza University of Rome),
Alexander B. Belser5
Estimated H-index: 5
(NYU: New York University)
+ 2 AuthorsStephen T. Russell42
Estimated H-index: 42
(University of Texas at Austin)
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Published on Jun 29, 2019in Journal of Child and Family Studies1.56
Jun Sung Hong24
Estimated H-index: 24
(WSU: Wayne State University),
Dorothy L. Espelage57
Estimated H-index: 57
(UF: University of Florida),
Chad A. Rose14
Estimated H-index: 14
(MU: University of Missouri)
Significant health problems of adolescents involved in bullying has been documented in the research literature. Research consistently reports that youth who are involved in bullying are at a significant risk of health problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, sleeplessness). Likewise, those with health problems are at an increased odds of bullying and peer victimization. The Special Issue, “Bullying, Peer Victimization, and Child and Adolescent Health”, of the Journal of Child and Family Studies brin...
Published on Aug 24, 2019in Journal of Youth and Adolescence3.26
Sharon Colvin (University of Pittsburgh), James E. Egan19
Estimated H-index: 19
(University of Pittsburgh),
Robert W. S. Coulter12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Pittsburgh)
Sexual/gender minority (Sexual/gender minority people are also referred to as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) youth are more likely than cisgender heterosexual youth to exhibit depressive symptoms and be victimized. School climate research indicates that the presence of a Gay–Straight Alliance (a Gay–Straight Alliance or Gender-Sexuality Alliance is also referred to as a GSA and is a youth group to support sexual/gender minority youth), a supportive school climate, and seeking help f...
Published on Jun 16, 2019in Youth & Society2.52
Megan S. Paceley7
Estimated H-index: 7
(KU: University of Kansas),
Jessica N. Fish8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UMD: University of Maryland, College Park)
+ 1 AuthorsJacob Goffnett1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)
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