Baseline psychosocial characteristics of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria referred to the Hamburg Gender Identity Service

Background

Youth with gender dysphoria (GD) who apply for treatment often experience a marked increase in distress when entering puberty, often accompanied by internalizing mental health issues and poor peer relations. The... [ view full abstract ]

Aim(s)

The aim of the present study was to describe the clinical presentation of the referred youth (e.g. gender identification, gender dysphoria diagnosis, psychosocial well-being and associated mental health problems), as well as... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

All 340 families who attended our service since 2013 were invited to conclude a set of self- and parent-report questionnaires comparable to established international research protocols. Complete youth self-, parent- and... [ view full abstract ]

Methods

Main descriptive measures included the following parameters: socio-demographic characteristics, gender identification, emotional and behavioral problems (YSR, CBCL), and diagnosis (according to DSM-5 criteria). [ view full abstract ]

Results

The majority of the youth identified as transmale (female sex assigned at birth). Almost all of the adolescents reported a highly incongruent identification. Internalizing problems as well as self-harm and suicidality were... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

At the Hamburg department, gender dysphoric youth present quite a vulnerable group. Thus, providing appropriate treatment and counselling options in order to contribute to overall well-being in the long-term seems important.... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

Inga Becker (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), Saskia Fahrenkrug (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), Julia Schweitzer (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), Birgit Möller (University Medical Center Münster), Timo O. Nieder (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), Wilhelm Preuss (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), Peer Briken (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), Hertha Richter-Appelt (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), Michael Schulte-Markwort (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf)

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)

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