Thursday, March 23, 2017

Not Good News

I think if you read the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey you will find a lot of the stress that we face is not because of our gender dysphoria but because of social pressures that we face. That stress manifest in many ways and according to Science News one of them is…
Transgender college freshmen drink more, experience more blackouts, study shows
Transgender students had more physical, social, academic problems due to alcohol
Date:
March 22, 2017

Source:
Duke University Medical Center
Summary:
A survey of more than 422,000 college freshmen found that students who identified as transgender were more likely than their cisgender peers to experience negative consequences from drinking, including memory blackouts, academic problems and conflicts such as arguments or physical fights.

Full Story:
A survey of more than 422,000 college freshmen found that students who identified as transgender were more likely than their cisgender peers to experience negative consequences from drinking, including memory blackouts, academic problems and conflicts such as arguments or physical fights.

The 989 students who identified as transgender were also more likely than their cisgender peers to cite stress reduction, relationship troubles or the sedating effects of alcohol as motivation for drinking, according to an analysis of the survey publishing March 21 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

The results suggest transgender college students may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol abuse, which can negatively affect their academic standing and their physical health, said Scott Swartzwelder, Ph.D., senior author of the analysis and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine.
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A survey of more than 422,000 college freshmen found that students who identified as transgender were more likely than their cisgender peers to experience negative consequences from drinking, including memory blackouts, academic problems and conflicts such as arguments or physical fights.

The 989 students who identified as transgender were also more likely than their cisgender peers to cite stress reduction, relationship troubles or the sedating effects of alcohol as motivation for drinking, according to an analysis of the survey publishing March 21 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

The results suggest transgender college students may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol abuse, which can negatively affect their academic standing and their physical health, said Scott Swartzwelder, Ph.D., senior author of the analysis and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine.
The report ends with,
"Why do these students drink more, and what's making them more vulnerable to these negative consequences of drinking?" Swartzwelder said. "These are very important social questions we hope to answer."
I think I can answer this question. It is because societal pressures to conform, when you are being harassed, bullied, and marginalized the stress that builds up needs to find a way to be released and for many people including trans people they release that stress by forms of self-harm.

I would like to see if trans men show the same behavior or if society is more condoning on trans men because they gain status as oppose to lose status?



This afternoon I am doing training for town’s Community Services Council and their social workers.

1 comment:

Stana said...

My gender dysphoria does not bother me in the least. In fact, I embrace it. What stresses me out is having to lie about it in order to get along in TrumpWorld.