Name at birth versus chosen name
The study was considered to be the largest and the most diverse conducted on transgender young people according to the recent transgender news by the university as published on their website last March 30.
Stephen T. Russell, professor and chair of human development and family science, explained that youths who identify as transgender have a name given to them at birth as well as a name that they chose for themselves.
“Many kids who are transgender have chosen a name that is different than the one that they were given at birth,” Russell stated. “We showed that the more contexts or settings where they were able to use their preferred name, the stronger their mental health was.”
The researchers, which included Amanda M. Pollitt of the University of Texas, Gu Li of the University of British Columbia, and Arnold Grossman of New York University, interviewed trans adolescents between ages 15 and 21 and gathered their responses on whether or not they were able to use their chosen name when attending school, at home, at work, or among friends.
Characterizing the study as diverse in terms of social class, ethnicity, and geography, Russell explained that it involved 129 adolescents in three major cities located in the Northeast, Southwest, and the West Coast.