Improving mental health among transgender, gender diverse, and non-binary adolescents
Transgender, gender diverse, and non-binary (TGDNB) people are those whose gender identity differs from their birth-assigned sex. TGDNB people have poor mental health outcomes, including higher than expected rates of psychopathology, distress, and suicidality (e.g. 48% of Australian TGDNB youth report having attempted suicide). While some relevant psychological interventions have recently been developed overseas, currently there is limited evidence to support their feasibility and efficacy, and they have not yet been tested in an Australian context.
The aim of the study is to co-design a structured group cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) program for TGDNB adolescents attending The RCH Gender Service (RCHGS) and conduct a non-randomised trial of the program to improve mental health.
The research will answer the following questions:
- Do TGDNB young people who receive the group CBT intervention show significant improvement in mental health outcomes that are sustained for 6 months?
- Do TGDNB young people who receive the group CBT intervention show significantly reduced minority stress (e.g. less internalised stigma, greater pride in identity) from pre- to post-intervention, sustained at six months?
Status of Project
Ethics approval obtained April 2022
Co-design workshops due for completion July 2022
Evaluation of co-design process (expected August 2022)
Tim Cronin, Alessandra Chinsen, Carmen Pace, Ken Pang, Michelle Tollit, Michelle Telfer, Zeffie Poulakis, Chris Pepping
Acknowledgement of Country
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Proudly supported by the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation