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Transgend Health. 2016 Jul 1;1(1):117-123. doi: 10.1089/trgh.2016.0009. eCollection 2016.

Multidisciplinary Care for Gender-Diverse Youth: A Narrative Review and Unique Model of Gender-Affirming Care.

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1
Division of Adolescent Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
2
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
3
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.
4
Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.
5
Division of Endocrinology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Abstract

Heightened public awareness about gender diversity in childhood and adolescence has resulted in more youth and families seeking medical and mental health services. In response to these needs, there has been nationwide growth in specialized multidisciplinary clinics treating gender-diverse and transgender youth. Despite general agreement that comprehensive treatment is best delivered through a multidisciplinary team by both medical and mental health clinicians with gender-related expertise and familiarity with child and adolescent development, there is currently no consensus regarding the best approach to clinical care with gender-diverse and transgender youth. In this article, we provide a narrative review of the gender affirmative model guiding our clinical practice and describe the development of our unique model of affirming care within the Gender and Sex Development Program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

KEYWORDS:

gender affirmative care; gender diversity; gender dysphoria; multidisciplinary care; transgender

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