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People who are transgender: mental health concerns

McCann, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3548-4204 (2015). People who are transgender: mental health concerns. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22(1), pp. 76-81. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12190


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- The aim of the study was to elicit the views and opinions of transgender people in relation to mental health concerns.
- Four people who identified as transgender participated in semi-structured interviews.
- The main results showed that challenges existed for people around mental health issues.
- Mental health nurses can play a key role in the provision of psychosocial supports to transgender people and their families.

Government policy makers are becoming increasingly interested in the views and experiences of people who utilize mental health services to inform rights-based and socially inclusive health and social care initiatives. However, very little information exists in the available literature about transgender people in this regard. The current research was part of a larger mixed methods study that used surveys and in-depth semi-structured interviews. This paper reports on the findings from the interview data that relate to the unique mental health experiences of the people whom identified as transgender (n = 4). The data were subject to thematic analysis, and the main themes that emerged included service experiences, treatment issues, other supports, and hopes and aspirations. Participants identified challenges and opportunities for enhancing mental health service provision for transgender people and their families. Some of the highlighted concerns related to practitioner attributes and relevant psychosocial supports. Mental health nurses are well placed to use their knowledge and therapeutic skills to support people who identify as transgender and significant people in their lives.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: McCann, E. (2015), Transgender mental health. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs, 22: 76-81., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: transgender, sexuality, mental health, service users, social inclusion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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