Female Teens Transitioning To Males Are Five Times More Likely To Attempt Suicide Than Male Teens, Study Shows

Grace Carr | Reporter

More than 50 percent of adolescent females transitioning to the opposite gender tried committing suicide, according to a Tuesday study that asked a number of respondents with various gender identities about suicide attempts.

Published in Pediatrics journal, the study shows that 51 percent of this transitioning group reported attempting suicide while only 10 percent of their cisgender male adolescent peers reported attempting suicide.

The study’s author, Russell B. Toomey, and his colleagues collected data from June 2012 to May 2015 and included survey responses from 120,617 adolescents aged 11 to 19 in order to conduct their study.

Forty-two percent of nonbinary transgender teens reported attempting suicide while 30 percent of males transitioning to females attempted suicide. Twenty-eight percent of “questioning” adolescents attempted suicide, and 18 percent of teens who identified as female reported that they’d tried killing themselves. (RELATED: Expert Responds To America’s ‘Transgender Movement’)

Medical research shows that 80 to 95 percent of children outgrow gender dysphoria naturally and accept their biological sex if allowed to develop naturally. The medical community, however, no longer officially uses the term “gender dysphoria.” Being transgender was formerly considered a mental health disorder until the World Health Organization (WHO) in June took gender dysphoria off the list of disorders to be published in its upcoming report.

“These results should be used to inform suicide prevention and intervention policy and programs that are aimed at reducing ongoing gender identity-related disparities in suicide behavior as well as ongoing research in which authors seek to better understand for whom and why suicide behavior risk exists,” the authors wrote in their study.

Alaska has the highest 2018 suicide rate among adolescents in the U.S., according to Statista.

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