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Debate: Different strokes for different folks.

Authors
  • Zucker, Kenneth J1
  • 1 Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Child and adolescent mental health
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2020
Volume
25
Issue
1
Pages
36–37
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/camh.12330
PMID: 32285638
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

A gender social transition in prepubertal children is a form of psychosocial treatment that aims to reduce gender dysphoria, but with the likely consequence of subsequent (lifelong) biomedical treatments as well (gender-affirming hormonal treatment and surgery). Gender social transition of prepubertal children will increase dramatically the rate of gender dysphoria persistence when compared to follow-up studies of children with gender dysphoria who did not receive this type of psychosocial intervention and, oddly enough, might be characterized as iatrogenic. Parents who bring their children for clinical care hold different philosophical views on what is the best way to help reduce the gender dysphoria, which require both respect and understanding. © 2019 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

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