Clinical presentation of gender dysphoria across developmental age in Italy: preliminary data from the Italian network of gender clinics for children and adolescents

Background

A national network of the Italian clinical centers specifically dealing with gender dysphoria in childhood and adolescence was established in 2012, within the Italian ONIG (Osservatorio Nazionale sull’Identità di Genere).... [ view full abstract ]

Aim(s)

To present the preliminary results of a muticentric study set to systematically collect national data regarding the characteristics of Italian gender dysphoric children and adolescents [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

In order to make available a data set of the national sample, a common assessment protocol was administered to all the adolescents and families of children consecutively referred to the gender clinics of Torino, Roma, Bologna... [ view full abstract ]

Methods

Through the socio-demographic data sheet and the psychological case history form it was possible to measure several variables. In addition to the demographic and social data, we analysed information about: history of gender... [ view full abstract ]

Results

We collected the data about a total sample of 114 children and adolescents, aged 3 to 18. Our preliminary analysis show that: the mean age of the group is 12.78 (SD=4.27), but 59% of the group is aged 13-18; participants’... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

The increasing number of referrals to the Italian clinics indicates the need of continuing with this systematic analysis in order to increase the knowledge about clinical presentation of gender dysphoria in children and... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

Angela Caldarera (University of Torino - Dept. of Psychology), Chiara Baietto (Pediatric Sciences Dept - Section of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry, Regina Margherita Children Hospital, Torino, Italy), Alessandra Delli Veneri (Unità operativa complessa di Psicologia, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Federico II Napoli.), Gabriele Di Mario (SAIFIP Area Minori - Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo Forlanini.), Maddalena Mosconi (SAIFIP Area Minori - Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo Forlanini.), Daniela Nadalin (Health Centre Gender Dysphoria at Movement for Transsexual Identity - Agreement with Local Healthcare Unit, City of Bologna), Luca Palleschi (SAIFIP Area Minori - Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo Forlanini.), Immacolata Parisi (Unità operativa complessa di Psicologia, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Federico II Napoli.), Anna Paola Sanfelici (Health Centre Gender Dysphoria at Movement for Transsexual Identity - Agreement with Local Healthcare Unit, City of Bologna), Fabiana Santamaria (Unità operativa complessa di Psicologia, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Federico II Napoli.), Damiana Massara (Centro Interdipartimentale Disturbi Identità di Genere Molinette (C.I.D.I.Ge.M)/Torino A.O.U. Città della Salute e della Scienza Torino)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Children and adolescents

Session

OS-1B » Children & Adolescents I: Caring for Transgender Youth in Various Countries (14:00 - Thursday, 6th April, Atlantic 2)

Presentation Files

Clinical_presentation.pptx