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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 649–650 | Cite as

Gender Transitioning before Puberty?

  • Thomas D. SteensmaEmail author
  • Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis
Letter to the Editor

In the last decade, delaying puberty by means of GnRH analogs in gender dysphoric adolescents has become an increasingly accepted treatment (Hembree et al., 2009). The induced pubertal delay is meant to give gender dysphoric adolescents time to reflect on their wish for gender reassignment, quietly and without the alarming physical puberty development. During puberty suppression, a complete social transition (change in clothing and hair style, first name, and use of pronouns) is not required. However, most youth who are on puberty delaying hormones appear not to wait with transitioning until they can start cross-sex hormone treatment.

A similar trend can be observed in gender variant prepubertal children. For quite some time, gender variant children who came to clinical attention were treated by psychotherapy with the purpose of decreasing cross-gender behavior and identification (Zucker, 2008). More recently, a more gender affirmative approach has been proposed (e.g., Saeger, 2006)....

Keywords

Gender Role Gender Dysphoria Gender Identity Disorder Prefer Gender Role Gender Identity Disorder 
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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical PsychologyVU University Medical CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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