What is it about?

The meteoric rise of prevalence of trans identities, with and without hormonal and surgical support, raises many ethical issues for professionals that correspond to the often glossed over sacrifices the trans person makes for his or her future in the quest to seek a new form of gender identity. Rather than discuss what to do about trans individuals who seek help, this article explores the ethical contradictions of trans health care and invites readers to think about the psychological reasons any particular person may have for repudiating his or her assigned gender.

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Why is it important?

After the medical profession is finished with providing its services, trans people have to live the rest of their lives out. It is vital for all involved--trans individuals, their family members, professionals and the media to understand the social, psychological, interpersonal, and economic risks involved with transition


I have been involved in trans mental health care since 1974. This article is the culmination of these 4+ decades of trying to make sense of what the patients and their mental health professionals experience in working together. Ethical concerns abound in this arena making many mental and physical health care professionals avoid these patients.

Stephen Levine

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This page is a summary of: Ethical Concerns About Emerging Treatment Paradigms for Gender Dysphoria, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, March 2017, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/0092623x.2017.1309482.
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