A Dangerous Visibility: Moderating Effects of Antitrans Legislative Efforts on Trans and Gender-Diverse Mental Health

Elliot A. Tebbe, Melissa Simone, Emily Wilson, Madeline Hunsicker

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Abstract

The present study used a minority stress theory framework to investigate the direct and indirect relations of minority stressors (transgender discrimination experiences, internalized transphobia, identity nondisclosure), sense of belonging, and hopelessness with depression and anxiety symptoms in a sample of 301 trans and gender-diverse adults living in the United States. This study also explored the moderating effect of having knowledge of antitrans legislative efforts in one’s state of residence on the overall pattern of results through a nested model comparison of the hypothesized path analysis. Participants were recruited using Internet-based forums, listservs, and social media, and survey data were collected online. Significant moderation effects were found, such that for those who reported having knowledge of antitrans legislative efforts in their state of residence reported a stronger association of external stressors (discrimination) than internal stressors (internalized transphobia, identity nondisclosure) on sense of belonging and hopelessness than their peers who did not have any knowledge of such legislative efforts. Furthermore, hopelessness emerged as a stronger predictor for those who were aware of antitrans legislative efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-271
Number of pages13
JournalPsychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hopelessness
  • Minority stress
  • Social belongingness
  • Trans policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Psychology(all)

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