Mental health of transgender people in Hong Kong: A community-driven, large-scale quantitative study documenting demographics and correlates of quality of life and suicidality

Yiu Tung SUEN, Randolph Chun Ho CHAN, Eliz Miu Yin WONG

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Abstract

A community-driven survey of 106 transgender people (the first such survey in Hong Kong) showed that: (1) more than half the sample (50.9%) had a university degree or higher qualification; (2) despite this, 43.4% had a monthly income below HK$6,000 (about USD$775); (3) 66% reported “fair” or “poor” quality of life; (4) 67% of the sample (87.1% of respondents aged 15–24 years) had contemplated suicide; and (5) 20.8% of the sample (35.5% of respondents aged 15–24 years) had attempted suicide. It was found that (1) those who were single, had a lower monthly income, and identified as transgender women reported lower quality of life; and (2) those who were younger and on a lower income expressed higher suicidality. The findings suggest that service providers and policy makers urgently need to address the mental health needs of transgender people, particular younger transgender people. Copyright © 2018 Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1093-1113
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume65
Issue number8
Early online date27 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Transgender Persons
Hong Kong
Mental Health
quality of life
mental health
Quality of Life
Demography
suicide
low income
community
Attempted Suicide
qualification
service provider
Administrative Personnel
Suicide
income
university
Surveys and Questionnaires

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Suen, Y. T., Chan, R. C. H., & Wong, E. M. Y. (2018). Mental health of transgender people in Hong Kong: A community-driven, large-scale quantitative study documenting demographics and correlates of quality of life and suicidality. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(8), 1093-1113. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1368772

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • LGBT
  • Mental health
  • Quality of life
  • Suicide attempt
  • Suicide ideation
  • Transgender