June 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm EDT | by Staff reports
New 5-year transgender study underway
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Until now, major studies on transgender populations have been reactive, typically associated with HIV. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

ATHENS, Ga. — Researchers at the University of Georgia will partner with other universities as part of a national study on identity development in transgender populations, the largest study of its kind to date, Health Canal reports.

The five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health supports three study sites and partner institutions: New York City’s Columbia University, San Francisco State University and the University of Georgia in Atlanta. The study will look at how people who identify as transgender developed their identity as well as gauge how they overcome adversity at different times in their lives.

Through surveys and interviews, the national partnership will help lay the groundwork for putting social services and support networks in place for the transgender population. The first year of the project will look at critical incidents, starting from birth, that help shape a person’s gender identity.

“It’s about creating better health outcomes for transgender people across the lifespan and ultimately reducing the massive amounts of discrimination they face,” said Anneliese Singh, who is leading the Atlanta team and is an associate professor in the department of counseling and human development services in the University of Georgia College of Education.

Singh said this study is unique because of its proactive focus. Until now, major studies on transgender populations have been reactive, typically associated with HIV.

“There are a lot of things we already know that need to be changed,” said Singh, citing issues such as discrimination at home or in the workplace.

  • This is excellent! Education trumphs the dark ages, religious, negative speculations that is still causing most of the conflicts e.g. ISIS, Al Qaeda, Westboro Baptist Church, etc. Because of factual knowledge that LGBTs are just like the straights and are not a threat to them, people are learning and changing to accept LGBTS and are supporting their equal rights such as marriage equality.

  • Anything to show the Catholic Church as well as other Christians that Transgender Persons are Mis-Gendered at Birth and have a internal need to correct this Birth Anomaly. They influence the public to be very unkind to say the least toward US. Present declarations by the Pope show the Churches Ignorance of the subject and this false teachings given by the Churches effects many Trans People to commit suicide as a result.

  • It is brilliant.

    Makes me a little sad that, in the UK, I was professionally SPSS trained as a questionnaire author and have 10 years experience of transgender communities. However, when my international questionnaire data was gathered (2007-2010) and I got 390227 inputs form trans* people around the world, none of the universities in the UK were interested in fully processing it. It seemed that transgender people were not important enough. :-(

    But then my PhD on transgender communities was self-funded because they didn’t think it was worth getting funding… (even though my studies found 40+ years of mistakes)

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