Posted: November 3, 2015

Mental Health Needs of Transgender Youth


LGBTQ youth are at an increased risk for depression, suicidality, substance abuse and violence victimization and report lower levels of protective factors like family connectedness and adult caring, than their peers. Pediatricians play an important role in identifying mental health concerns and supporting LGBT youth and their families.

*This video is a part of Caring for Transgender Youth, Presented by the AAP Section On LGBT Health & Wellness Webinar Series


Depression, Mental Health, Suicide, LGBT, Transgender, Anxiety, Confidentiality, Substance Abuse, Bullying, Gender Identity, Safe Space, Gender Nonconformity, Genderbread Person, Gender Development, Essentialist Theory, Social Learning Theory, Cognitive Psychological Theory, Cross-Gender Roles, Cross-Gender Expression, Gender Affirming Psychotherapy


Jason Rafferty, MD, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University