168. “We Followed Their Lead”: Exploring Relational Change and Support Among Caregivers of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth

Transgender and gender diverse youth and young adults (TGDY) experience higher mental health morbidity than their cisgender peers, including self-harm, suicide ideation and suicide attempts. Family support is associated with improved mental health outcomes for TGDY. However, little is known about the process caregivers undergo to become supportive and how caregiver-youth relationships evolve through a TGDY ’s gender journey. We sought to understand how caregivers of TGDY navigate shifting relationships with themselves, their children, and their communities.
Source: Journal of Adolescent Health - Category: Child Development Authors: Source Type: research