Trans and non-binary youth (or who otherwise feel their gender doesn’t match their body), who are between the ages 14-25, currently live in Canada, and can access internet without assistance.
Many studies address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health outcomes, however it is common for these studies to overlook the “T,” or transgender, portion of this population. In light of this, the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) conducted the first-ever Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey in 2013/14 – a national, online survey focused on the health of trans and non-binary youth in Canada. Findings suggested that transgender and non-binary youth are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment, violence, mental health issues, and other health challenges.
The objective of this study is to develop an understanding of trans and non-binary youth’s physical and emotional health, as well as risks to their health and well-being. This study will help us understand how (and if) various health outcomes for trans youth differ from their heteronormative, gender-normative, and gay, lesbian and bisexual peers’ health outcomes. Results will also help show how the home, community, and school environments can contribute to health issues or wellness for trans and non-binary youth.
Data from this survey will also be used to measure changes (if any) over the past 5 years since the first survey was conducted. The results will provide information that will help to improve health services, health policies and raise awareness of the health needs of trans and non-binary youth.
How will this research help LGBT people and communities?
The health issues facing trans and non-binary youth may be different from other youth and we want to make sure that their voices are heard. We will use the results of this survey to improve trans and non-binary youth health services and programs throughout Canada.
Participants will not directly benefit from taking part in this survey, but their answers will help ensure that trans and non-binary youth have a say in planning services and programs.
What mitigation measures are in place to reduce potential distress caused to participants as a result of being part of the research study?
There is a link on each page of the survey to a directory of resources across Canada for trans and non-binary youth to reach out to for help. Clicking on that link will take them to the resources page. Participants are also able to skip any questions that they may prefer not to answer, and exit the survey at any point (with the option to resume where they left off if they later choose to finish the survey).
When do you anticipate that this study's findings will be available?
Name: Dr. Ashley B. Taylor
Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, University of British Columbia
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Foundation Scheme grant, #FDN 154335)