What is it about?

Our study was conducted through a survey of 375 transgender women in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Our research investigated possible associations between suicidal behavior (suicidal ideation and suicide attempt) and demographic information, gender identity, mental health, substance use, and experiences of discrimination and violence.

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Why is it important?

Our findings highlights the high prevalence of suicidal behavior among transgender women in Brazil, and the need for interventions and support for this population. Our findings suggest that efforts should be made to address the social determinants of health that contribute to suicidal behavior among transgender women, including discrimination, violence, and lack of access to healthcare.


Our study adds to the growing body of research on the mental health and well-being of transgender women and underscores the urgent need for targeted interventions to address the high rates of suicidal behavior in this population.

Dr Ricardo de Mattos Russo Rafael Rafael
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

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This page is a summary of: Prevalence and factors associated with suicidal behavior among trans women in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, PLoS ONE, October 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0259074.
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