Study find link between ‘conversion therapy,’ trans people attempting suicide

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CHICAGO — A study released Wednesday has found that gender identity “conversion therapy” has been linked to an increased likelihood of psychological distress and suicide attempts with transgender adults.

The study was published in JAMA Psychiatry, a psychiatry journal for the American Medical Association.

The study reportedly wanted to find if exposure to gender identity conversion efforts was associated with adverse mental health outcomes in adulthood. The answer is a resounding yes.

In the study of 27,715 trans adults in the US recalled exposure to gender identity conversion efforts was significantly associated with increased odds of severe psychological distress during the previous month and lifetime suicide attempts compared with transgender adults who had discussed gender identity with a professional but who were not exposed to conversion efforts. For transgender adults who recalled gender identity conversion efforts before the age of 10, exposure was significantly associated with an increase in the lifetime odds of suicide attempts.

The Washington Post explained that trans people who had had conversion therapy at any point in their lives were twice as like to attempt suicide as trans people who hadn’t. If they had been exposed to conversion therapy as a child, they were four times more likely.

The study report stated that the results support statements for many medical association denouncing conversion therapy.



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