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Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 183, Issue 2, pp 277–281 | Cite as

Parent–child relationships in gender identity disorder

  • H. A. Church
  • D. O’Shea
  • J. V. Lucey
Original Article

Abstract

Objective

To describe the relationship between parents with gender identity disorder (GID) and their child(ren) as described by the parent and to understand how being a parent affects transitioning from one gender to the other.

Methods

Fourteen parents with GID underwent a semi-structured interview and completed the Index of Parental Attitudes (IPA). An IPA score of greater than 30 indicates parent–child relationship difficulties (range 0–100). The authors also conducted the SCID-I to establish other Axis I disorders.

Results

We assessed 12 male to female and two female to male parents with GID residing in Ireland. In total, 14 GID parents had 28 children. Three children had no relationship with their GID parent. The other 25 children, as reported by the parent, had good relationships with their children. In addition, these 25 children average score IPA score was 6.4 (range 0–25). Twelve GID parents (86 %) believed that being a parent had no effect on their desired level of transitioning, while two were influenced not to transition. Eleven GID parents (79 %) reported that being a parent had increased the time taken to commence transitioning, two have stopped transitioning altogether, while one cited no effect on time.

Conclusion

Parents with GID report positive relationships or no relationship with their children and the IPA revealed no clinical problems. Being a parent can prolong transitioning time in people with GID and can affect overall achieved level of transitioning.

Keywords

Gender identity disorder Transgender Parent–child relationships Gender dysphoria Axis I disorders IPA—index of parental attitudes 

Notes

Conflict of interest

None.

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© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lucena ClinicDepartment of Child & Adolescent PsychiatryRathgar, Dublin 6Ireland
  2. 2.Department of EndocrinologyColmcille’s HospitalLoughlinstownIreland
  3. 3.St. Vincent’s HospitalDublinIreland
  4. 4.St. Patrick’s University HospitalDublin 8Ireland

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