OLYMPIA, Wash. — A new study finds that mental and physical health problems are more prevalent among transgender veterans than active-duty trans soldiers, Good Therapy reports citing a study published in the journal Transgender Health.
Researchers developed an anonymous online questionnaire designed to measure physical and mental health to explore differences between current and former soldiers.
Fifty-five trans-identified active-duty soldiers, as well as 51 transgender veterans, completed the survey. The active-duty group had an average age of 29.5, compared to an older average age of 44 among veterans.
Transgender veterans were more likely to experience depression than active-duty soldiers with 64.6 percent of transgender vets experiencing it. Of current trans soldiers, 30.9 percent reported symptoms of depression and 15.9 percent of vets and 1.8 percent of active-duty trans soldiers had been diagnosed with substance abuse problems, the report discovered.
No significant differences in health existed between the two groups, though veterans had a higher average body mass index. Age and longer periods of service led to more physical and mental health issues, researchers found.
Researchers said more study is needed to determine if these problems are more prevalent for trans than cisgender service members, a component this study did not explore, Good Therapy reports.