Medical Treatment for Children with Gender Dysphoria: Conceptual and Ethical Issues

Part of the Focus on Sexuality Research book series (FOSR)


There are various treatment approaches available for children and adolescents with gender identity disorder (GID). This chapter offers an overview of these, with a focus on bringing to light their underlying assumption and treatment goals. After such an account, the chapter focuses on the combined approach, which involves early medical treatment for children and adolescents with GID. This treatment has raised and may raise important ethical and legal concerns: this chapter disentangles and analyzes such concerns. The conclusion is not only that there is nothing unethical with providing transgender children and adolescents with early medical treatment but that it may be unethical not to do so.


Gender Identity Gender Stereotype Gender Dysphoria Gender Identity Disorder British Medical Association 
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I wish to thank Iain Brassington for reading and commenting on this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSEP/iSEI, The School of Law, The University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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