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The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families & Schools is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Development and Preliminary Test of the Empowering Networks to Eliminate Trans Stigma (E-NETS) Intervention

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Principal Investigator: Elliot Tebbe
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Funding Agency: Layman Award
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Trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people experience high rates of adverse health outcomes — such as anxiety, depression and heightened suicide risk — and a severe lack of access to appropriate health care providers and health information.

Research has identified a number of factors that relate to documented health disparities, including experiences of prejudice, discrimination and stigma, as well as the internalization of anti-trans attitudes. There is a critical need for intervention strategies targeting universal and TGNC-specific risk factors to address psychological health concerns for TGNC people.

This research aims to develop and test the efficacy of a cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention aimed at decreasing depression and anxiety among trans people by targeting both universal (e.g., rumination, emotion regulation, lack of social connection) and TGNC-specific risk factors (e.g., internalized stigma).

In this study, 100 participants will be recruited and randomly assigned to one of three conditions — stimulus video only, expressive-writing task only, and video and expressive-writing task. Data will be collected across three time points to determine differences between conditions and effects over time.