NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A new Yale study indicates that hormone therapy leads to significant improvements in mental health for many transgender individuals, Yale News reports.
The report, published in the premier issue of the journal Transgender Health, is a systemic review — a compilation of multiple studies with data on the mental health effects of hormone therapy in transgender patients, said Jaclyn White Hughto, a doctoral student at the Yale School of Public Health and lead author of the paper. Hughto chose three studies with data on the mental health and quality of life of 247 transgender participants. Each study met a set of criteria Hughto decided upon, one requirement being that the research was longitudinal and focused on the isolated effects of hormone therapy.
“Systemic reviews really help complete existing literature, to prove if something is either good or bad or null,” Hughto told Yale News. “We looked at six different psychological outcomes and how they were effected by hormone therapy. My goal was to select the most sound studies that report on those outcomes.”
The research is a part of the inaugural issue of Transgender Health. Robert Garofalo, the editor-in-chief of the journal, said he hopes the journal will bring increased academic attention to the issues facing transgender individuals. The low number of studies Hughto found which fit her criterion is not unusual. There is a pronounced lack of published literature on the mental health issues specific to transgender individuals, and very little research has been done in the United States, Garofalo told Yale News.