Transgender and Gender Diverse Community Connection, Help-Seeking, and Mental Health Among Black Transgender Women Who Have Survived Violence: A Mixed-Methods Analysis

Athena D.F. Sherman, Sarah Allgood, Kamila A. Alexander, Meredith Klepper, Monique S. Balthazar, Miranda Hill, Christopher M. Cannon, Deborah Dunn, Tonia Poteat, Jacquelyn Campbell

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Abstract

Black transgender women are disproportionately affected by violence and poor care-delivery, contributing to poor mental health. Little is known regarding the effect of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) community connection (TCC) on health. This analysis (a) explores relationships between TCC, polyvictimization, and mental health and (b) analyzes how TCC influenced help-seeking following violent experiences among Black transgender women. Mixed-methods data from 19 Black transgender women were analyzed using correlational and thematic content analyses. Findings suggest that TCC is associated with improved help-seeking and mental health among Black transgender women, highlighting a need for longitudinal research to identify approaches for leveraging TCC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalViolence Against Women
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • PTSD
  • depression
  • polyvictimization
  • transgender community connection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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