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Prevalence of Gender-Diverse Youth in Rural Appalachia Exceeds Previous Estimates, WVU Study Shows

Source
WVU Today
Date
Aug 8, 2022
Summary
Presents the findings of a study of junior high and high school students in rural Appalachia, noting that more than 7% of respondents disclosed a gender identity that does not fully match their sex assigned at birth. Describes the potential risk for depression, self-harm, and distress related to gender dysphoria among gender-diverse youth and the need for access to gender-related care and mental health services.
Tagged as
Appalachia · Children and youth · LGBTQ+ · Mental health