General Social Support And Trans Community Connectedness: Research
This 8-item subscale measures both instrumental and emotional support, and Likert-type response options range from strongly disagree to strongly agree. Trans community connectedness (TCC) was assessed through the community connectedness subscale of the Gender Minority Stress and Resilience Measure. The five connectedness items, response options ranged on a 7-point Likert-type scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree (Pflum et al., 2015).
The results indicated that General Social Support and Trans Community Connectedness can be a protective factor against depression and anxiety. GSS was significantly linked to lower symptoms of depression and anxiety among both TFS and TMS participants. For TFS, but not TMS participants, TCC was also significantly associated with lower symptoms of depression and anxiety. During the initial coming out process, Trans women reported having fewer trans friends and acquaintances than Trans men. Overall, support within the community was shown to help with depression and anxiety symptoms (Pflum et al., …show more content…
Family members were also supportive of transgender males than transgender females. As transgender women proceed through transition process, they experienced more emotions, discrimination and others concerns. The mental health professionals should be aware that the identity process of the client, regardless of transgender male or female is shaped around the coping mechanisms used and the level of distress experienced by them. Social support is an essential component of mental health; the interventions should help the client’s entire system rather than the individual themselves. Raj (2002) notes that a client-centered approach to working with transgender clients is the most applicable method. He states that psychotherapy must provide an affirmative stance related to the clients’ identity and that this is essential to promoting a sense of support and, ultimately, better mental