Study Finds Young Transgender People Who Use Chosen Name Better Off Mentally

A study released by The University of Texas, has been found that when young transgender people to use their chosen name, as opposed to the one they were given at birth, their risk of suicide drops by 65 percent.

Transgender people aged between 15 and 21 were asked by researchers whether they are allowed to use their chosen name at home, school, work and with their friends, and studied the impact on their mental health.

Of those who could use the name of their choice in those four settings were less likely to have severe depression or suicidal thoughts, in addition to being considerably less likely to attempt suicide, the Daily Mail reports.

“Many kids who are transgender have chosen a name that is different than the one that they were given at birth,’ explained Professor Stephen T. Russell, the chair of human development and family science at The University of Texas in Austin.

“We showed that the more contexts or settings where they were able to use their preferred name, the stronger their mental health was.”

The research found that those who were able to use their preferred name in social settings, reported 34 percent fewer suicidal thoughts, on top of a 65 percent decrease in suicide attempts and 71 percent reported fewer symptoms of severe depression.

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