The relationship between gender congruence and social support and the mental health of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in Ireland
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study explores the relationships between gender identity and the mental wellbeing of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals in an Irish context. This correlational study aimed to find significant relationships between gender congruence, gender related wellbeing and life satisfaction, social support, anxiety and depression. Participants were asked through social media to take an online survey. The sample consisted of people currently living in Ireland, who do not identify with their assigned sex. The results found a significant correlation between gender congruence and gender related wellbeing and life satisfaction. High levels of anxiety and depression were reported as well as high levels of social support. This reflects the literature that TGNC individuals experience higher rates of depression and anxiety. It does not reflect the literature that states that social support acts as a protective factor against anxiety and depression. This suggests that peer-specific support may be needed.