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Gender Diversity and Adolescent Well-being

Gender Diversity and Adolescent Well-being Opinion EDITORIAL Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH Gender-related health disparities have long been a topic of in- gender-diverse adolescents. As with any cross-sectional study, terest for researchers and clinicians, but in recent years, this it is impossible to discern the directionality of the demon- research has become increasingly complex. With the growing strated associations between gender nonconformity and ad- verse health outcomes; however, this study raises multiple im- public knowledge and visibility of transgender and gender- nonconforming people, gen- portant associated issues for further exploration. der diversity now includes The major implication of the study results is that inclu- Related article page 1020 much more than binary cat- sive mental health interventions are an important consider- egorizations of male and female. The spectrum of gender di- ation for improving well-being in gender-nonconforming versity is especially evident in young people, who may iden- youth. In addition, to consider primary prevention of mental tify as nonbinary, agender, or gender fluid. Apart from gender health disparities, we must also further research and address identity is the concept of gender expression, ie, the out- the social factors contributing to distress and substance use wardly masculine or feminine way in which a person pre- in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Gender Diversity and Adolescent Well-being

JAMA Pediatrics , Volume 172 (11) – Nov 24, 2018

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2018 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2168-6203
eISSN
2168-6211
DOI
10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.2917
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Abstract

Opinion EDITORIAL Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH Gender-related health disparities have long been a topic of in- gender-diverse adolescents. As with any cross-sectional study, terest for researchers and clinicians, but in recent years, this it is impossible to discern the directionality of the demon- research has become increasingly complex. With the growing strated associations between gender nonconformity and ad- verse health outcomes; however, this study raises multiple im- public knowledge and visibility of transgender and gender- nonconforming people, gen- portant associated issues for further exploration. der diversity now includes The major implication of the study results is that inclu- Related article page 1020 much more than binary cat- sive mental health interventions are an important consider- egorizations of male and female. The spectrum of gender di- ation for improving well-being in gender-nonconforming versity is especially evident in young people, who may iden- youth. In addition, to consider primary prevention of mental tify as nonbinary, agender, or gender fluid. Apart from gender health disparities, we must also further research and address identity is the concept of gender expression, ie, the out- the social factors contributing to distress and substance use wardly masculine or feminine way in which a person pre- in

Journal

JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Nov 24, 2018

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