Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic represents risk to physical health and psychological well-being. Specifcally, it causes concerns among minoritized communities, such as transgender/non-binary individuals. The study investigates the experience of this group in Italy during the pandemic and identifes risk factors that exerted negative impacts on psychological well-being and physical health. Methods The study developed an online questionnaire to investigate psychological status, access to medical health services, and factors such as predictors of risk outcomes among transgender/non-binary people during lockdown restrictions. Responses were collected (n=256) on April 2020. Descriptive analysis, univariate analysis of variance, and t-test were conducted. Results The respondents confrmed several issues, such as worries about the future (58.2%), negative emotions (46.9%), and self-uncertainty (52.7%) during the pandemic. Difculties in undertaking hormone therapy and access to health facilities were reported. Living with family members represented a signifcant stressor for psychological well-being, whereas lack of support from LGBT+communities was reported. Subjects undergoing psychological therapy during the pandemic reported increases in depression, anxiety, somatization, and lack of privacy in the household. Conclusions The study fndings provide a framework for critical aspects experienced by transgender/non-binary individuals during the pandemic. Specifcally, the study provides evidence of the vulnerability of this population underlined by multiple difculties. Policy Implications The study fndings provide an overview of the experience of transgender and non-binary people during the pandemic, insights regarding risk factors, and aspects that require adequate attention and care.

Psychological well-being of trans* people in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic: critical issues and personal experiences / Mirabella, Marta; Senofonte, Giulia; Giovanardi, Guido; Lingiardi, Vittorio; Fortunato, Alexandro; Lombardo, Francesco; Speranza, Anna Maria. - In: SEXUALITY RESEARCH AND SOCIAL POLICY. - ISSN 1868-9884. - (2021). [10.1007/s13178-021-00633-3]

Psychological well-being of trans* people in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic: critical issues and personal experiences

Marta Mirabella
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Giulia Senofonte;Guido Giovanardi;Vittorio Lingiardi;Alexandro Fortunato;Francesco Lombardo;Anna Maria Speranza
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2021

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Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic represents risk to physical health and psychological well-being. Specifcally, it causes concerns among minoritized communities, such as transgender/non-binary individuals. The study investigates the experience of this group in Italy during the pandemic and identifes risk factors that exerted negative impacts on psychological well-being and physical health. Methods The study developed an online questionnaire to investigate psychological status, access to medical health services, and factors such as predictors of risk outcomes among transgender/non-binary people during lockdown restrictions. Responses were collected (n=256) on April 2020. Descriptive analysis, univariate analysis of variance, and t-test were conducted. Results The respondents confrmed several issues, such as worries about the future (58.2%), negative emotions (46.9%), and self-uncertainty (52.7%) during the pandemic. Difculties in undertaking hormone therapy and access to health facilities were reported. Living with family members represented a signifcant stressor for psychological well-being, whereas lack of support from LGBT+communities was reported. Subjects undergoing psychological therapy during the pandemic reported increases in depression, anxiety, somatization, and lack of privacy in the household. Conclusions The study fndings provide a framework for critical aspects experienced by transgender/non-binary individuals during the pandemic. Specifcally, the study provides evidence of the vulnerability of this population underlined by multiple difculties. Policy Implications The study fndings provide an overview of the experience of transgender and non-binary people during the pandemic, insights regarding risk factors, and aspects that require adequate attention and care.
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