Transgenderism and Intersexuality in Childhood and Adolescence: Making Choices presents an overview of the research, clinical insights, and ethical dilemmas relevant to clinicians who treat intersex youth and their families. Exploring gender development from a cross-cultural perspective, esteemed scholar Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis and experienced practitioner Friedemann Pfäfflin focus on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment issues. To bridge research and practical application, they include numerous case studies, definitions of relevant terminology, and salient chapter summaries.
Chapter 7: Clinical Management of Gender Problems in Adolescents
Clinical Management of Gender Problems in Adolescents
Most cross-gendered adolescents come to clinics with a straightforward wish for sex reassignment. Some are not certain whether SR is the solution to their problems and have more open questions regarding their identity. Usually, the adolescents are eager to come to a gender identity clinic. Occasionally, it is the parents' rather than the child's initiative to seek clinical help. For example, one couple was worried about their daughter, who had been clearly cross-gendered since early childhood. When she entered puberty she seemed to suffer deeply from the physical changes. She started to walk with a stoop when her breasts were developing. She also stopped swimming because she could no longer wear shorts. ...