Study uncovers high prevalence of military sexual trauma among transgender veterans

November 21, 2016, Wiley

New research found a high prevalence of military sexual trauma (MST) among transgender veterans and an association between the experience of MST and certain mental health conditions.

After examining archival data regarding veterans from the Iraq and AfghanistanConflicts, investigators identified 332 transgender veterans treated at the Veterans Health Administration between 2000 and 2013. Nearly one in five and one in seven transgender women screened positive for MST.

The prevalence of MST among transgender female veterans was much higher than the reported one percent prevalence among cisgender male veterans, whose biological sex matches their gender's identity.

MST in transgender veterans was associated with a higher likelihood of posttraumatic stress and personality disorders for men. It was associated with an increased likelihood of depressive, bipolar, posttraumatic stress, and for women.

"The most surprising finding of our study was that many more transgender women veterans experience MST than their cisgender male counterparts," said Dr. Jan Lindsay, lead author of the Journal of Traumatic Stress study. "In addition, having experienced MST was significantly associated with the likelihood of a mental health condition for both men and . We still have much to learn about how transgender individuals are affected by MST, so that we can, hopefully, tailor culturally competent treatments to improve their care."

Explore further: Transgender veterans diagnosed with significantly more mental and medical health disorders

More information: Jan A. Lindsay et al, Mental Health of Transgender Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts Who Experienced Military Sexual Trauma, Journal of Traumatic Stress (2016). DOI: 10.1002/jts.22146

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TogetherinParis
not rated yet Nov 21, 2016
"Transgender" ideation and behavior is caused by a human paternal pheromone deficiency with some degree of maternal pheromone sufficiency. The condition is easily remedied by oral intake of healthy adult male facial skin surface lipid, 250mg with boosters ever two or three years. The grease on the end of men's noses contains 735 different peculiar chemicals of which many are rare and one, sebaleic acid, is found nowhere else thus marking us as human beings. There is a sexual dimorphic composition distinction.
Joker23
1 / 5 (1) Nov 22, 2016
It would be helpful if there was a definition of MST other than the three words. It is not surprising, in my mind, that there are mental problems in transgenders. Of course, conveniently, mental health ''professionals'' deny that these persons have underlying mental problems because they consider transgenderism to be ''normal'' behavior and that identifying as a sex you are not is completely natural. Psychologists are great at describing aberrant behavior as normal and then trying to define an aliment to explain why the patient is psychologically messed up. A new disease, a new cure, to be funded by the American Taxpayer.

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