Skip to main content

Understanding gender minority stress in trans and gender nonconforming adolescents and young people

We're looking for volunteers to take part in our study about the experiences of trans and gender nonconforming adolescents and young people in the UK.

Be part of our research study to help us get a better understanding of what factors have the most impact on the mental health of trans and gender nonconforming adolescents and young people.

Previous research has found that Trans and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) adolescents and young people report much higher levels of mental health difficulties, such as depression and anxiety, than non-TGNC (cisgender) adolescents and young people. This is often said to be because of their gender identity.

In the past, the diagnosis of gender dysphoria has been given to TGNC individuals who experience mental health problems due to gender issues. However, there are lots of TGNC people who are not diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

This study aims to explore another explanation of psychological distress in TGNC adolescents and young people, which is that as a minority group, TGNC adolescents and young people are subject to high levels of social stress, which can cause a variety of mental health difficulties. This is referred to as Gender Minority Stress.


To be eligible to participate in this study, you must:

  • be aged 16-25
  • currently live in the UK

What's involved in the study

You will be asked to complete an online survey asking about:

  • your mental health and wellbeing
  • your attitudes and beliefs about your gender identity
  • your experiences of discrimination, mental health, and gender

This study is recruiting until 14 May 2020.

What you'll get in return

Unfortunately we are not able to offer material incentives. But participants can contact the researcher to ask to receive details about the outcomes of the study once it is completed.


All participant data will be anonymised and handled in accordance with a data management plan approved by the Psychology Ethics Board. This study has received ethical approval1.

You can take part in this study straight away by completing an online questionnaire.

Start the questionnaire now

Get in touch with us

If you have any questions about this research study, please contact the lead researcher.

1The study has been approved by the Psychology Research Ethics Committee (Ethics code: 19-008).