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Research suggests that supporting gender diverse youth has significant physical and emotional health benefits. Lack of support increases stress, isolation, and some risky health behaviors (I.e., access to hormones without the guidance of a medical provider). Experts recommend providing comprehensive care for gender diverse youth which includes increased health care access, improved awareness from individuals working with youth (I.e., school personnel), and gender affirming laws and policies (Dowshen et al., 2016).  

 

Authors: Johnson, K., Garcia, A., Young, R., Roberts, H., & Clarke, B.