Transgender Health Issues
by Sarah Boslaugh
August 2018, 203pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5887-1
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An estimated 1.4 million individuals in the United States identify as transgender.

Transgender individuals face unique challenges when it comes to their physical, psychological, and social health and well-being. This accessible reference investigates these concerns in depth, offering readers insights into topics such as discrimination and access to health care.

Although transgender individuals have always existed, their fight for acceptance and equal rights is just beginning. Within this larger context, one area of emerging concern is their health—physical, psychological, and social. From legislation determining public restroom access to insurance coverage of hormone therapy for transitioning individuals to harassment and discrimination, transgender people face a number of challenges that can negatively affect their well-being.

A part of Greenwood’s Health and Medical Issues Today series, Part I of this book explores definitions of sex and gender, the history of transgender awareness and activism, physical and psychological health concerns specific to transgender individuals, and how identifying as transgender can have different effects on individuals’ health at different stages in their life. Part II examines issues and controversies related to the health and well-being of transgender individuals. Part III provides a variety of useful materials, including case studies, a timeline of critical events, a glossary, and a directory of resources.


  • Confronts a topic that has historically been ignored by researchers and public health officials
  • Examines key issues that affect transgender individuals, such as discrimination and access to health services
  • Offers illuminating case studies that use engaging real-world scenarios to highlight key ideas and debates discussed in the book
  • Provides a Directory of Resources to guide readers to reliable sources of additional information
Sarah Boslaugh is a statistician and public health expert. She holds a PhD from the City University of New York and an MPH from Saint Louis University. Her previous books include Greenwood’s Drug Resistance and Healthcare Systems Around the World: A Comparative Guide. She served as editor for The Encyclopedia of Epidemiology and The Encyclopedia of Pharmacology and Society.


"The intended audience for this series is the general reader seeking a basic overview of issues related to transgender health . . . Summing Up: Recommended. General readers."—Choice, February 4, 2019

Transgender Health Issues provides a basic introduction to transgender health issues and topics; like any medical source, one should consult with a physician for complete medical advice and informatio. This is a balanced source, recommended for the circulating collection of a high school or a public library collection."—ARBA, March 6, 2019

Health and Medical Issues Today

From the latest developments in treatment to updates on public health threats, information about health and medicine impacts lives more directly than almost any other subject. Despite a wealth of coverage online and in print media, there is still an overwhelming need for a single source to which a reader can turn for accurate, current information on an issue of concern.

The series Health and Medical Issues Today provides just such one-stop resources for those seeking solid overviews of the most controversial and persisting issues in health and psychology. Each volume offers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural aspects of subjects ranging from obesity to sports medicine, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco use.
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