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Gender Minority Stress and Suicide in Transgender and Gender Nonconforming College Students: Social Support as a Moderator

Rimmer, Sarah and Cohn, Tracy and Hastings, Sarah and Steele, Jenessa Gender Minority Stress and Suicide in Transgender and Gender Nonconforming College Students: Social Support as a Moderator. [Dissertation]

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Abstract

Transgender individuals and college students represent two populations that experience increased suicidality when compared to their cisgender and same-age peers. While comparisons between transgender individuals and their cisgender counterparts reflect an increased risk of suicidal ideation and self-harm behaviors, few studies have examined the intersection between college-age populations and transgender individuals. The stress of living in a non-affirming society is associated with increased suicidality. While many risk factors predict suicide, protective factors, such as social support, can ameliorate painful life events. The current study questioned whether social support moderates participants’ experiences of gender minority stress and suicidality, and whether various types of social support would better account for suicidality. While it appears social support was not able to moderate the relationship of gender minority stress and suicidality, family and hetero-cisgender friend support were significantly related to suicidal ideation. Implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are provided.

Item Type: Dissertation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Sarah Rimmer
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 20:53
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 20:53
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/405

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