A Review of Evidence Based Treatments for Transgender Youth Diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder

Samantha Busa*, Aron Janssen, Mallika Lakshman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In addition to the high prevalence of gender dysphoria among transgender youth, this population is at greater risk of suffering from additional mental health disorders, including social anxiety disorder, compared to their cisgender peers. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been established as an effective form of treatment for social anxiety disorder. It is recommended that therapists modify and adapt CBT when working with minority groups such as transgender youth to ensure that the treatment is efficacious and culturally sensitive. However, literature assessing the efficacy of CBT for transgender youth with mental health issues is scant. As a result, there is no empirical literature on effective treatment for transgender youth who meet criteria for social anxiety disorder alone or youth who meet criteria for social anxiety disorder and gender dysphoria. This literature review aims to identify current research related to prevalence of mental health disorders in transgender youth, the current literature on adaptations of cognitive behavioral techniques, and the need for treatment research on adaptation of CBT for transgender individuals, specifically those with social anxiety disorder and gender dysphoria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalTransgender Health
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Gender dysphoria
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • adaptations of cognitive behavioral therapy
  • transgender youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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