New Zealand study says transgender students get poorer health care
Research conducted by the University of Auckland has revealed disparities between the health and wellbeing of transgender students compared with the remainder of the student population.
The research which is being heralded as a world first, suggests transgender students get poorer health care, and experience compromised mental health and personal safety at school.
The study surveyed 8,166 high school students, of which around 100 identified as being transgender.
Doctor Terri Clark from the University of Auckland’s Adolescent Health Research Group led the research on the project. Clark said transgender students are less likely to believe that a parent cares about them and often have a difficult tine at school. However she said they are more likely to seek help and talk to someone if depressed, despite the lack of accessibility to services.
"Both transgender students and those unsure about their gender, experienced compromised mental health and personal safety and they described more difficulty accessing health care," she said.
According to Clark nearly 20 percent of transgender students had attempted suicide in the past 12 months and almost 50 percent had experienced physical harm from another person.