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Community attitudes on genetic research of gender identity, sexual orientation, and mental health

Thomas, TR, Hofammann, D, McKenna, BG, Van Der Miesen, AIR, Stokes, MA, Daniolos, P and Michaelson, JJ 2020, Community attitudes on genetic research of gender identity, sexual orientation, and mental health, PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 7, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0235608.

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Title Community attitudes on genetic research of gender identity, sexual orientation, and mental health
Author(s) Thomas, TR
Hofammann, D
McKenna, BG
Van Der Miesen, AIR
Stokes, MAORCID iD for Stokes, MA orcid.org/0000-0001-6488-4544
Daniolos, P
Michaelson, JJ
Journal name PLoS ONE
Volume number 15
Issue number 7
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher PLOS
Place of publication San Francisco, CA
Publication date 2020-07-08
ISSN 1932-6203
Keyword(s) Genetics
Gender identity
Psychological attitudes
Mental health and psychiatry
Survey research
Surveys
Heterosexuals
Human sexual behavior
Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
EPIDEMIOLOGY
TRANSGENDER
GAY
Summary Sex is an important factor in mental health, and a non-binary view of how variation in sex and gender influence mental health represents a new research frontier that may yield new insights. The recent acceleration of research into sexual orientation, gender identity, and mental health has generally been conducted without sufficient understanding of the opinions of sexual and gender minorities (SGM) toward this research. We surveyed 768 individuals, with an enrichment of LGBTQ+ stakeholders, for their opinions regarding genetic research of SGM and mental health. We found that the key predictors of attitudes toward genetic research specifically on SGM are 1) general attitudes toward genetic and mental health research 2) tolerance of SGM and associated behaviors and 3) age of the participant. Nonheterosexual stakeholder status was significantly associated with increased willingness to participate in genetic research if a biological basis for gender identity were discovered. We also found that heterosexual, cisgender participants with a low tolerance for SGM indicated their SGM views would be positively updated if science showed a biological basis for their behaviors and identities. These findings represent an important first step in understanding and engaging the LGBTQ+ stakeholder community in the context of genetic research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0235608
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, Thomas et al.
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