Affirming and gender-informed assessment of gender diverse and/or transgender youth across development

Scott Farrell Leibowitz*, Aron Janssen

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations


Youth are presenting with gender concerns at exponentially higher rates across mental health and medical settings. Some meet criteria for gender dysphoria of childhood or adolescence/adulthood, and others may not. Recognized standards of care indicate that moving forward with medical interventions and/or for appropriately assessed adolescents is important and beneficial and that timely treatment of gender dysphoria improves outcomes. The approach to the assessment of these youth has not been formally standardized, and various multidisciplinary gender identity clinics approach the assessment in a variety of ways. This chapter serves to help child and adolescent psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to think about how to assess these youth, which is becoming increasingly more complex as youth present within a variety of biopsychosocial situations and contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAffirmative Mental Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth
Subtitle of host publicationA Clinical Guide
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9783319783079
ISBN (Print)9783319783062
StatePublished - May 22 2018


  • Adolescents
  • Assessment
  • Gender diverse children
  • Gender identity
  • Gender nonconforming
  • Sexual orientation Please add "Gender Dysphoria" to the keywords
  • Transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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