Future Directions in the Mental Health of Transgender Youth: Towards a Social-Affective Developmental Model of Health Disparity

Stefanie Sequeira, Tamar Carmel, Brenden Tervo-Clemmens, E. Kale Edmiston

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Abstract

Mental health disparities in transgender and gender diverse (TGD) youth are well-documented. These disparities are often studied in the context of minority stress theory, and most of this research focuses on experiences of trauma and discrimination TGD youth experience after coming out. However, TGD youth may be targets of violence and victimization due to perceived gender nonconformity before coming out. In this Future Directions, we integrate research on attachment, developmental trauma, and effects of racism and homophobia on mental health to propose a social-affective developmental framework for TGD youth. We provide a clinical vignette to highlight limitations in current approaches to mental health assessment in TGD youth and to illustrate how using a social-affective developmental framework can improve clinical assessment and treatment approaches and deepen our understanding of mental health disparities in TGD people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)866-876
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume52
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

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