‘If they didn’t support me, I most likely wouldn’t be here’: Transgender young people and their parents negotiating medical treatment in Australia

Damien W. Riggs, Clare Bartholomaeus, Annie Pullen Sansfaçon

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Abstract

Background: It is increasingly recognized that transgender young people require affirming medical care, however the provision of such care may be mitigated by the availability of services and the views of parents. Aims: This study aimed to explore the views of Australian transgender young people (aged 11–17) and their parents with regards to medical treatment. Methods: Ten qualitative interviews were conducted with parent-child dyads in two Australian states. Thematic analysis was undertaken on responses to interview questions related to family relationships, views about medical treatment (specifically hormone blockers and hormones), and the relationship between medical treatment and sense of self. Results: Themes developed focused on the importance of strong supportive parent-child relationships, the meaning of and access to hormone blockers, and the meaning of and access to hormones. Discussion: The paper concludes by discussing the implications of the findings for clinical services, particularly in relation to supporting parents to be affirming of a transgender child, the need to prepare transgender young people and their parents for the passage of time in regards to medical treatment, and the need to focus on expectations in regards to sense of self in relation to medical treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Transgenderism
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Nov 2020

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Keywords

  • clinical care
  • medical treatment
  • parent-child relationships
  • qualitative study
  • transgender
  • youth

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