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The New Zealand Transgender Health Survey: stigma and protective factors

38 months
Approved budget:
Dr Jaimie Veale
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Emerging Researcher First Grant
Lay summary
Overseas research has uncovered notable health inequalities faced by transgender people, but little research has been conducted in the New Zealand context to date. The New Zealand Transgender Health Survey aims to document the emotional and physical health inequalities for transgender New Zealanders, uncover the extent of experiences of stigma, discrimination, violence, and barriers to accessing healthcare in New Zealand, and report how these experiences are related to health outcomes. This project also aims to explore the extent to which social support, including family/whanau, transgender community, and wider community support, buffers the negative impacts of stigma and related experiences. This online and paper survey will include the same questions as those used in existing New Zealand population-based surveys to allow for statistical comparisons with the general population. This project will include a transgender community advisory group and work closely with health professionals who work with transgender people in New Zealand.