School for Social Work
Gender identity disorders, Gender identity disorders in adolescence, Gender identity, Adolescent psychology, Qualitative research, Mixed methods research, Gender dysphoria, Adolescent, Gender clinic
The goal of this descriptive study is to determine what is common practice for endocrine intervention with adolescents diagnosed with GD or seeking treatment related to gender identity. The study surveyed gender clinics in the United States that work with adolescent clients. Gender clinics are defined by this study to be one or more providers who work with adolescents to actualize their gender identity. Twenty gender clinics completed a mixed method survey that asked them to describe basic demographics of their clinic, what recommendations they utilize to influence their treatment protocols, if and how mental health is involved in treatment, what the most important aspects of treatment are according to their clinic, and suggestions for what helps improve treatment. The findings indicate that gender clinics are using similar protocols that are based on harm reduction and providing support to adolescents and their families. Recommendations for the development of a standard protocol for adolescents and future research of gender clinics are discussed.
Lehotsky, Elise, "Developing a protocol for the treatment of transitioning adolescents : a survey of gender clinics in the United States" (2015). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.