Research Alert: March 22, 2023

Indicators of Familial Social Support by Rurality and Gender Identity

Access to social support varies from person to person, depending on a range of demographic characteristics and life circumstances. Understanding how familial social support differs for those with overlapping marginalized identities is especially important for advancing population health and health equity. This brief examines the differences in familial social support by rurality and gender identity.

Key Findings:

  • Compared to rural and urban cisgender adults, rural and urban transgender adults are less likely to agree that they get the familial support they need.
  • Rural transgender adults are the least likely of any group to "strongly" or "very strongly" agree that they get the familial support they need (16.3% of rural transgender adults, compared with 30.4% of urban transgender adults, 61.4% of rural cisgender adults, and 59.3% of urban cisgender adults).
Contact Information:

Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW
University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Phone: 612.626.4512

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